About the Project

Understanding Angler Behaviors that Influence the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Aquatic invasive species threaten the fundamental structures and functions of freshwater ecosystems. Water-based recreationists, particularly anglers, can transfer invasive species when equipment used in an invaded waterbody is then used elsewhere. Once these organisms are present, mitigating their impact is difficult, if not impossible. As a result, natural resource managers are faced with the challenging task of engaging with a range of stakeholder groups to understand the reasons why people are engaging in behavior and making decisions about invasive species.

This research identifies the drivers of behavior and trade-offs people are making between policy options.  We are working closely with stakeholder groups across five Great Lakes states to represent their interests, and collaborate with resource management agencies to identify ways for communicating with the public in a way that motivates people to act more consistently on their belief systems. It is our hope that the outcomes of this research will benefit freshwater ecosystems and human communities working to sustain natural resources in the Great Lakes Basin.

A group of previous survey respondents after a fishing tournament in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois.



This research is supported by: