What's New Hoping to lead Great Lakes lampreys to demise by the nose The New York Times (2/8) For all the havoc that dozens of invasive species have wrought on the Great Lakes, those waters have never known a foe like the sea lamprey. The vampirelike parasites cost many millions each year in depleted fisheries and eradication efforts.
The Great Lakes' endless struggle against sea lampreys WLUC - Negaunee, MI (9/15) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is constantly keeping sea lamprey at bay in Michigan through research and containment. The goal is to prevent depletion of other fish in the Great Lakes.
Officials say new Harpersfield dam needed Star Beacon (7/14) A 100-year-old dam in Harpersfield, Ohio, could be in line to be replaced by 2018 with a price tag of about $6 million. One concern is that the current dam and barrier are ineffective and expose 1,200 miles of high-quality stream habitation to sea lamprey infestation.
Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) are predaceous, eel-like fish native to the coastal regions of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. They entered the Great Lakes through the Welland Canal about 1921. They contributed greatly to the decline of whitefish and lake trout in the Great Lakes. Since 1956, the governments of the United States and Canada, working jointly through the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, have implemented a successful sea lamprey control program.
This series of pictures shows a close-up of a lamprey's mouth, lampreys attached to a lake trout, and the damage resulting from a lamprey attack.
Photo Credit: 1 and 4: Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Exotic Species Graphics Library; 2: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 3: Great Lakes Fishery Commission. For more photos, see the Sea Lamprey Fishtank.
Petromyzon marinus U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Nonindigenous occurrences, means of introduction, and impact of the Sea Lamprey.
Sea Lamprey University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute This fact sheet gives a brief description of the sea lamprey.
Sea Lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site (SGNIS) Includes scientifically reviewed articles as well as images from Sea Grant researchers.
Sea Lamprey Control Program Great Lakes Fishery Commission The GLFC's program of integrated sea lamprey management includes lampricide control, construction of barriers in streams to deny sea lampreys' entry, and an experimental program to reduce spawning success by releasing sterilized-male sea lampreys. The program has successfully allowed the re-emergence of the largest freshwater fishery in the world.
Sea Lamprey Factsheet U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Lakes Science Center Outlines the impacts of Sea Lamprey populations in the Great Lakes, research and treatments to protect native fish populations.