Public opinion about aquatic invasive species
Public opinion about aquatic invasive species (AIS) can relate to perceptions of those species’ impact on human livelihood and recreational activity. In particular, opinion shifts as people identify a specific species as “perpetrator” of harm against humans, ecosystems or other animals. These changes in public opinion can have direct bearing on support or opposition to management strategies, especially those involving lethal control, but the predictive relationship is not well understood. Thus, managers are limited in their ability to anticipate public support for or opposition to management activities and engaging stakeholders as part of the management process.
Asian carp have been identified as a group of species with the potential to cause extensive harm in the Great Lakes. At least four Asian carp species are AIS of concern to the Great Lakes Basin.