- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Great Lakes Fishery Commission is wrapping up an application period for scientists to seek grants for research projects on the invasive sea lamprey.

Wednesday is the deadline for submitting proposals that would be funded in 2015.

The commission says grant amounts could reach $200,000 but the typical award is for $50,000 to $100,000.

The sea lamprey is a parasitic, eel-like fish that entered the Great Lakes in the last century. It attaches itself to fish and sucks out their bodily fluids. The lamprey nearly destroyed the lake trout population and threatened other species before fishery managers reduced their numbers with poisoning and trapping.

Among topics to be explored by the research projects is how to make those methods more effective.

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