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Tuesday, February 7 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Symposia Session - S8: Fate of Freshwater Mussels. Invasive Mussel Collaborative: Connecting People, Science and Management

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AUTHORS: Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Commission; Sandy Morrison, U.S. Geological Survey; Sarah Cook, Great Lakes Commission; *Cecilia Weibert, Great Lakes Commission

ABSTRACT: Scientists have been searching since the early 1990s for effective methods to control invasive zebra and quagga mussels (Dreissena polymorpha and D. rostriformis bugensis, respectively) as a way to help mitigate their negative impacts. Recent advances in biocontrol technology represent an exciting potential technique to manage invasive mussels. These advances are also leading to new questions and opportunities for managers and scientists. In light of this new opportunity, diverse management goals must be identified and understood and knowledge gaps addressed in order to move forward with a joint and strategic approach to managing invasive mussels for positive ecological and economic benefits. This presentation will focus on how the Invasive Mussel Collaborative is providing a framework for communication and coordination to share information and lessons learned, guide supporting research, and inform management actions. This collaborative approach is helping to identify the needs and objectives of resource managers, prioritize the supporting science, recommend communication strategies, and ultimately align science and management goals into a common agenda.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom A