Bloody red shrimp is not the next new foodie trend.
The invasive aquatic species is relatively new to the Finger Lakes, however. And, it's also on the radar of the Great Lakes Research Consortium which announced Monday it is giving $40,464 in grants to three state colleges and universities to study the pest, along with other projects.
While not much is known about what ills the bloody red shrimp may bring, one thing is sure, it's definitely within the Great Lakes basin.
The consortium has provided a $14,000 grant award earmarked for researchers at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to advance their study of the species found in Cayuga Lake.
The grant will assist project leader and associate professor of biology Dr. Meghan Brown in developing new early detection methods in the Great Lakes basin. Brown's work will include quantifying how the bloody red shrimp interacts with fish populations, determining whether or not it is a food source.
Brown and her team are evaluating a trapping system and analyzing environmental DNA to figure out what potential threats the species may possess.
Project partners include Ithaca College, Poughkeepsie Day School and the Finger Lakes Institute.
According to a news release from The Great Lakes Research Consortium, Buffalo State College received $12,464 to support its study of high-definition aerial imaging of invasive species. SUNY Buffalo received $14,000 to research improving predictions of seasonal precipitation and climate change.