The Invasive Mussel Collaborative is being established to advance scientifically sound technology for invasive mussel control to produce measurable ecological and economic benefits. The Collaborative provides a framework for communication and coordination, identifies the needs and objectives of resource managers, prioritizes the supporting science, recommends communication strategies, and aligns science and management goals into a common agenda for invasive mussel control.
The founding members of the collaborative are the U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The Great Lakes Commission provides coordination and neutral backbone support for the collaborative. A broad membership base of states, provinces, tribal and other entities and a well-organized communication network facilitates the exchange of information between scientists, managers and stakeholders, and provides ongoing guidance and feedback within an adaptive management framework. Strong connections with other regions are being developed and provide a framework for application elsewhere.