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"Sea Grant College Day" in Wisconsin

For Release:  IMMEDIATELY (10/14/97)
For More Information:
	Anders Andren, Director, UW Sea Grant Institute, (608) 262-0905 
	Stephen Wittman, Assistant Director for Communications, (608) 263-5371
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	MADISON - Gov. Tommy G. Thompson has proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 15, as
"Sea Grant College Day" in the State of Wisconsin in recognition of the
University of Wisconsin's 25th anniversary as a Sea Grant College. 
	"I congratulate the University of Wisconsin for the resounding success of
its Sea Grant College Program," Thompson said in his proclamation, "and for
Sea Grant's 25 years of statewide leadership in bringing the vast,
high-quality academic resources of the State of Wisconsin to bear on the
many Great Lakes-related issues and opportunities facing the people of
Wisconsin and the entire Great Lakes region."
	The federally and state-funded UW program is part of a national network of
29 university-based Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and
sustainable use of the United States' coastal, ocean and Great Lakes
resources.  The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute in Madison
administers the Wisconsin program.
	The goals of the Sea Grant program in Wisconsin are to increase the
understanding of the Great Lakes system and promote the protection,
sustainable development and wise stewardship of Great Lakes resources,
according to UW Sea Grant Institute Director Anders W. Andren.  Each year,
more than 150 Wisconsin faculty, staff and students participate in some
three dozen Sea Grant-sponsored research, outreach and education projects
at various UW System campuses and at the state's private colleges and
universities.  Total funding for the program currently stands at about $3
million a year, Andren said.
	Over the last 25 years, UW Sea Grant has focused on addressing pollution
problems, determining the human health risks of toxic contaminants in fish,
improving scuba diving safety, reducing property losses caused by coastal
flooding and shore erosion, improving fisheries management, assisting with
freshwater aquaculture development,  finding better ways to process and
preserve seafood, and, most recently, responding to zebra mussels and other
exotic species.
	"We are pleased with the success of the Wisconsin program and our many
accomplishments over the last 25 years," Andren said.  "We are also
grateful to Congress and the State of Wisconsin for their continuous strong
support for the Sea Grant program."
	In October 1972, then-U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson
designated the University of Wisconsin a Sea Grant College for its
"sustained excellence in research, education and public service dedicated
to wise use of America's marine resources."
	The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program is internationally
recognized for its contribution to leading-edge research.  Sea
Grant-supported scientists and staff are regularly called upon to provide
objective technical advice to federal agencies and laboratories, including
the U.S.-Canadian International Joint Commission, Great Lakes Fisheries
Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North Central Regional
Aquaculture Center, among others.
	The National Sea Grant College Program is administered by the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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* The University of Wisconsin's Sea Grant College helped create and
supports internationally recognized programs for the study of fishes and
other living aquatic resources, toxic contaminants and water quality,
freshwater aquaculture, seafood science, aquatic biotechnology, estuarine
and coastal processes, and policy studies.

* The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program has been
instrumental in establishing an effective statewide network of world-class
scientists, engineers, educators and outreach specialists at Wisconsin's
public and private colleges and universities.

* The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program has contributed to
more enlightened, science-based management of the state's valuable coastal
and Great Lakes resources.

* The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program has helped pioneer
and nurture the development of Wisconsin's fast-growing multimillion-dollar
aquaculture industry.

* The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program has a strong record
of public service and education through its Communications and Advisory
Services programs in cooperation with the public and private sector,
including 25 years of support for the award-winning regional "Earthwatch"
public service radio program.

* The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program has become a major
source of scientific and policy personnel and expertise by helping more
than 400 students throughout the state earn their master's and doctoral

-- Stephen Wittman
Assistant Director for Communications
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
1800 University Ave. * Madison, WI 53705-4094
 Phone: (608) 263-5371 * Fax: (608) 263-2063
 E-mail: swittman@seagrant.wisc.edu
 URL: http://www.seagrant.wisc.edu