Michigan State University will use a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to combat sea lampreys.

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MSU’s grant was one of 11 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling more than $5 million to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

“These GLRI grants will be used to target aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes basin,” said Susan Hedman, Great Lakes national program manager. “The projects also will help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem.”

MSU’s grant will be led by Michael Wagner, associate professor of fisheries and wildlife. His $500,000 project will test the effectiveness of an innovative “push-pull” technique to trap sea lamprey in the Lake Huron watershed. Historically, this species has been difficult to trap in large numbers.

Since the GLRI was launched in 2010, EPA has funded more than 70 projects totaling more than $40 million to combat invasive species.

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