ASC is actively involved in researching ways to stop the spread of non-native aquatic species on the Great Lakes. In an effort to understand and address the issue, ASC has been exploring methods for treating ballast water on ships that operate exclusively on the fresh water of the Great Lakes. Working with Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park, the United States Geological Survey, the Northeast Midwest Institute’s Great Ships Initiative and other support agencies, full-scale trials have been conducted aboard the M/V Indiana Harbor over the past three years.
Shedd is committed to protecting the Great Lakes by conducting science and research through collaborative efforts with other Great Lakes organizations, facilitating work between Great Lakes leaders that develop solutions for tomorrow’s conservation challenges, and offering immersive learning programs and outreach for all ages. Shedd focuses on four key Great Lakes issues, seeking to build awareness of ecological separation, contribute to solution-oriented invasive species research, accelerate habitat restoration, and protect and promote native wildlife.