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Media Advisory - First Int'l Eurasian Ruffe Symposium Briefing
- Subject: Media Advisory - First Int'l Eurasian Ruffe Symposium Briefing
- From: "Marie E. Sales" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 10:31:28 -0600 (CST)
- Reply-To: "Marie E. Sales" <email@example.com>
GREAT LAKES SEA GRANT MEDIA ADVISORY
MEDIA BRIEFING TO PRECEDE
FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF EURASIAN RUFFE
10 A.M. - 11 A.M., FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1997
SHERATON INN -- ANN ARBOR, MI
WHAT: A briefing on the Eurasian ruffe (rhymes with tough), a small perch-like
exotic fish that has made life rougher for other species in parts of the Great
Lakes and may pose serious ecological threats to North America's freshwater
fisheries. The world's foremost experts on ruffe are gathering on March 21-23,
at the Sheraton Inn in Ann Arbor for the first-ever International Symposium of
Biology and Management of Eurasian Ruffe.
WHERE: Petit Room - Sheraton Inn, Ann Arbor, MI, I-94 and State Street. One
hour of presentations, followed by questions and answers. Symposium abstracts
and related materials available on-site. Refreshments (rolls, fruit and
beverages) will be provided.
WHO: Seven international leaders in ruffe research will present their latest
findings. Media briefing presentations will include:
- what overseas researchers know about ruffe and what has been done in Europe to
- what ecological impacts ruffe are likely to have on Great Lakes fisheries,
- where ruffe in the Great Lakes came from, how fast they are spreading, what is
being done to control them, and what economic impacts they are likely to have.
See the next page for more information about briefing speakers.
WHY: First discovered in western Lake Superior's St. Louis River in 1986, ruffe
are now the most abundant fish found there, based on numbers of fish collected
by bottom trawling. Ruffe have most recently spread to Alpena, Michigan, on
Lake Huron. The spread of this invasive species poses a number of problems both
here and abroad, such as ecological effects, control issues, and environmental
and economic impacts, which will be discussed at this symposium. This media
briefing and symposium were organized to enhance the current understanding of
the ruffe infestation and its implications to North America, possibly resulting
in cost-effective management decisions.
NEWS ANGLES: This briefing and symposium will provide convenient access and
information to reporters to compare and contrast the impacts of ruffe in North
America vs. overseas. The most up-to-date research information on potential
ecological and economic impacts will be presented. Reporters may attend the
symposium following the briefing free of charge.
SPONSORS: The symposium is funded by the National Sea Grant College Program, a
network of 29 university-based programs in coastal and Great Lakes states funded
through the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the
Department of Commerce, and is co-sponsored by ten federal, provincial, regional
and state agencies and organizations from the Great Lakes area.
MEDIA BRIEFING SPEAKER SCHEDULE:
Jeff Gunderson, Minnesota Sea Grant, will open with an overview of the symposium
and of the ruffe problem in North America.
Colin Adams, University of Scotland Field Station, Glasgow, and Victor Mikheev,
A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Moscow, Russia, will talk
about what researchers in the United Kingdom and Russia know about ruffe and
what has been done there to control ruffe.
Carl Richards, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of
Minnesota-Duluth, will talk about what ecological impacts ruffe may have on
Great Lakes fisheries.
Carol Stepien, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, will discuss
where the ruffe found in the Great Lakes came from, based on genetic
Tom Busiahn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ashland, WI, and chair of the
Federal Ruffe Control Committee, will discuss what is being done in North
America to control ruffe.
Peter Leigh, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will discuss the
ruffe's potential economic impacts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BRIEFING: Contact Carol Swinehart, Michigan Sea
Grant, by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone at (517) 353-9723, or FAX at (517)
353-6496 before March 21.
TO RSVP FOR THE BRIEFING AND/OR REGISTER FOR THE SYMPOSIUM: RSVP for the
briefing by 5 P.M., Tuesday, March 18. Reporters may attend the entire
symposium at no charge, but registration is required. To register for either or
both events, contact Mike Klepinger, Michigan Sea Grant, at (517) 353-5508, or
by E-mail at email@example.com.
TO CONTACT SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS ON-SITE: Call (313) 996-0600 and ask for the
Ruffe Symposium media contact person.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT RUFFE RESEARCH: Contact Jeff Gunderson or Doug
Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant, at (218) 726-8106.