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Aquatic Plant Research > Invasives > Invasives in Trade > Deciphering the Role of Education in Regulation Awareness

Aquatic Plant Research Deciphering the Role of Education in Regulation Awareness

DNR Science Services conducted a social survey of live aquatic plant retailers in Wisconsin before and after educating retailers about Wisconsin’s invasive species regulations. The goal of the survey was to learn if education on invasives species regulations could influence retailers' self-reported behavior and beliefs about invasive species. Researchers also wanted to know how retailers wished to receive information about invasive species, and what barriers might keep a retailer from complying with invasive species regulations. Reported compliance and use of best management practices increased slightly following education, and researchers found combining an in-person visit with mailed educational materials to be more effective than just the mailer at achieving compliance with regulations.


  • Scott Van Egeren
  • Mindy Wilkinson