“… contribute to the achievement of the General and Specific Objectives of this Agreement. Through this Annex the Parties shall establish a binational strategy to prevent the introduction of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), to control or reduce the spread of existing AIS, and to eradicate, where feasible, existing AIS within the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”
Canada and the United States agree to:
By 2015, develop and implement an early detection and rapid response initiative
New York State Department of Environmental Quality
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
An extended subcommittee involves additional organizations and experts beyond the GLEC membership.
As required, time-limited task teams will be created to focus efforts on a priority issue or project, and will be disbanded when work is complete. Currently, this Annex subcommittee has task teams that focus on:
Identify priority surveillance locations and develop a comprehensive early detection and monitoring strategy for the Great Lakes by 2015.
Pathways Risk Assessment and Management
Share risk assessment/analyses processes being used, and conduct one pathway risk assessment/analysis.
Develop a comprehensive response plan to be implemented in the event of any newly detected aquatic invasive species. Results of any response plan exercises or actual response actions, if needed, will be summarized, and reported.
Species Risk Assessment
Share species risk assessment processes being used by regulatory authorities and others, and coordinate risk assessments for a list of priority species.