The SLCB assists the commission in developing and implementing strategies, policies, and programs related to control of sea lamprey as it is defined below:
Sea lamprey control seeks to minimize mortality from sea lamprey attacks on fish stocks through: (1) development and use of an array of environmentally acceptable control techniques; (2) application of life history knowledge for sea lamprey and fish population biology and interactions; (3) integration of sea lamprey control and fish management programs; (4) suppression of sea lamprey to target levels in each Great Lake; and (5) public relations, information, and education activities.
For deliberations of the Board, the area of concern is defined in Great Lakes Fishery Commission Convention:
"This Convention shall apply to Lake Ontario (including the St. Lawrence River from Lake Ontario to the forty-fifth parallel of latitude), Lake Erie, Lake Huron (including Lake St. Clair), Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their connecting waters, hereinafter referred to as "the Convention Area." This Convention shall also apply to the tributaries of each of the above waters to the extent necessary to investigate any stock of fish of common concern, the taking or habitat of which is confined predominantly to the Convention Area, and to eradicate or minimize the populations of the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in the Convention Area."
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Working to support the SCLB are the Task Forces who address standing issues important to the board:
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