Over the past five years there have been significant investments made in managing AIS in the Great Lakes region, supporting a diverse array of activities and substantially increasing the ability of researchers, managers and communicators to prevent, control and monitor invasive species across the basin. Patterns of investment can be compared with existing regional strategies and management plans to help understand how these contribute to regional AIS goals and observed outcomes and used to identify opportunities for future investment, gaps or underfunded priorities, with the goal of informing future AIS policy and management investments.

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Recreational Boating

Investment in the recreational boating pathway has included developing an understanding how and what species are being transported as hitchhikers in or around boats and trailers, testing solutions that prevent transportation or release, developing education and outreach activities to encourage appropriate boat wash and bait release behaviors, building the infrastructure to support these activities, monitoring and compliance and law enforcement.