Eradication via destratification: whole-lake mixing to selectively remove rainbow smelt, a cold-water invasive species

Jereme W. Gaeta, Jordan S. Read, James F. Kitchell & Stephen R. Carpenter
Invasive species can have severe effects on aquatic ecosystems. After invasions occur, eradication should be considered whenever the potential loss of ecosystem services outweighs the cost of the eradication method. Here we evaluate the possibility of destratifying Crystal Lake, Wisconsin, USA, to eradicate the invasive fish rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax). We modeled the effects of three destratification scenarios (non-, low-, and high-mixing) using both physical and biological models. Field observations were used to calibrate the...
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