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Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative for Lake Ontario

Fact Sheet Series

International Efforts to Study and Understand the Great Lakes Ecosystem

#1: Lake Ontario (PDF)

#2: Nutrients and Invertebrates (PDF)

#3: Fish and Fisheries (PDF)

#4: Monitoring Change Across Space and Through Time (PDF)

Video Series

#1: Why CSMI: A U.S. / Canadian Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative for Lake Ontario [Transcript (PDF)]

Scientists have learned a great deal about the Great Lakes over the past several decades by doing long-term studies and monitoring. To get a better understanding of this complex system the United States and Canada committed to a collaborative, binational scientific effort in the Great Lakes in 2002. 

The effort is known as the Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative, or CSMI. CSMI rotates from lake to lake on a 5-year cycle and aims to promote, organize, and unify different research and monitoring efforts by local, state, provincial, federal, First Nations, academic, and non-governmental groups. 

The objective is to provide the best information possible to help develop Lakewide Action and Management Plans under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

#2: What Lies Beneath: The Base of Lake Ontario's Food Web [Transcript (PDF)]

#3: What's Near The Top: Balancing Lake Ontario Fisheries’ Predator-Prey Connections[Transcript (PDF)]

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