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Sea Lamprey Control Board

The SLCB assists the commission in developing and implementing strategies, policies, and programs related to control of sea lamprey as it is defined below:

Sea lamprey control seeks to minimize mortality from sea lamprey attacks on fish stocks through: (1) development and use of an array of environmentally acceptable control techniques; (2) application of life history knowledge for sea lamprey and fish population biology and interactions; (3) integration of sea lamprey control and fish management programs; (4) suppression of sea lamprey to target levels in each Great Lake; and (5) public relations, information, and education activities.

For deliberations of the Board, the area of concern is defined in Great Lakes Fishery Commission Convention:

"This Convention shall apply to Lake Ontario (including the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the forty-fifth parallel of latitude), Lake Erie, Lake Huron (including Lake St. Clair), Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their connecting waters, hereinafter referred to as "the Convention Area." This Convention shall also apply to the tributaries of each of the above waters to the extent necessary to investigate any stock of fish of common concern, the taking or habitat of which is confined predominantly to the Convention Area, and to eradicate or minimize the populations of the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in the Convention Area."

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Working to support the SCLB are the Task Forces who address standing issues important to the board:

  • The purpose of the Larval Assessment Task Force is to rank streams and lentic areas for sea lamprey control options and evaluate success of lampricide treatments through assessment of residual larvae.
  • The purpose of the Barrier Task Force is to coordinate efforts of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct, operate, and maintain sea lamprey barriers.
  • The purpose of the Trapping Task Force is to coordinate optimization of trapping techniques for assessing adult sea lamprey populations and removing adult and transforming sea lampreys from spawning and feeding populations.
  • The purpose of the Lampricide Control Task Force is to maximize the number of sea lampreys killed in individual streams and lentic areas while minimizing costs and impacts on aquatic ecosystems.

Memebers of the Sea Lamprey Control Board and its Task Forces

An image of a bubble diagram showing out SLCB members and taskforces inter-relate

Click the above image for an interactive display of how all task forces and their current members interrelate.

Last updated 09 Oct 14.