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Impacts of aquatic nonindigenous invasive species on the Lake Erie ecosystem

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Madeline J.W. Austen, Jan J.H. Ciborowski, Lynda D. Corkum, Tim B. Johnson, Hugh J. MacIsaac, Janice L. Metcalfe-Smith, Donald W. Schloesser, and Sandra E. George, 2002, Impacts of aquatic nonindigenous invasive species on the Lake Erie ecosystem: The Professional Edge.

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Lake Erie is particularly vulnerable to the introduction and establishment of aquatic nonindigenous invasive species (NIS) populations. A minimum of 144 aquatic NIS have been recorded in the Lake Erie basin including several species [e.g., Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum); zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha); quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis); an amphipod (Echinogammarus ischnus); round goby (Neogobius melanostomus); and sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus)] that have had discernible impacts on the lake's ecology. NIS pose threats to the Lake Erie ecosystem for a variety of reasons including their ability to proliferate quickly, compete with native species, and transfer contaminants (e.g., PCBs) and disease through the food [...]

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conference11th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species
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