Aquatic invasive species issues are massive; solutions will require not only scientific advancement but also personal responsibility, adaptation of norms, informed policy, and effective agency management. MAISRC is one piece of this puzzle. It is essential that we work together with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, watershed districts, and other agency partners; natural resource professionals; lake associations; and others to understand the problems of AIS and to create and promulgate the knowledge needed to solve them.
Key among our partners are:
MAISRC was founded in 2012 with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) and the Clean Water Fund. This initial funding was for research on invasive carp, common carp, VHSv, and zebra mussels; lab and facility renovations; outreach; and core operations. Additional funding from the ENRTF has provided core operational funding through June 30, 2025 and allowed MAISRC to expand its research and outreach activities.