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NEWS RELEASE
3-March-98
  
WISCONSIN SEA GRANT AWARDED $2.3 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announced today that the National
Sea Grant College Program has awarded the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
Institute $2.3 million to support the first year of its federally approved
1998-2000 program.
	Coupled with $1.4 million in matching funds from the State of Wisconsin
and private sources, the federal grant will support a total of 36 Great
Lakes-related research, outreach and education projects involving 79
faculty and academic staff and 61 graduate and undergraduate students at
seven UW System campuses (UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW-La
Crosse,  UW-Stevens Point,  UW-Superior and UW-Manitowoc).
 	"This marks the 30th year that Wisconsin has been awarded federal Sea
Grant funding, and the UW has consistently ranked among the largest
recipients," said UW Sea Grant Director Anders W. Andren. "Given the  tough
competition for Sea Grant funds, I think this reflects the high caliber of
Wisconsin's university scientists."
	The collapse of Lake Michigan's yellow perch fishery will receive special
attention from Sea Grant during the next two years.  Andren said both the
Illinois-Indiana and Michigan Sea Grant programs have joined with UW Sea
Grant in funding a coordinated perch research program involving more than a
half-dozen university scientists.
	Other research theme areas include continuation of UW Sea Grant's Lake
Superior initiative, freshwater aquaculture, zebra mussels and other exotic
aquatic species, cleaning up contaminated harbor sediments, scuba diving
safety, and environmental contaminants suspected of disrupting the
endocrine systems of aquatic animals.
	The grant will also support the work of eight Sea Grant Advisory Services
specialists, who provide free statewide assistance in aquaculture, water
quality issues, geographic information systems, and recreational and
commercial fishing. Other specialist services include Great Lakes-related
business development and coastal engineering advice, contaminated sediment
remediation technologies, and K-12 and public education programs.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
	Anders W. Andren, Director
	University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
	Email: awandren@seagrant.wisc.edu
	Voice: (608) 262-0905
	Web:   www.seagrant.wisc.edu

FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF PROJECTS:
	www.seagrant.wisc.edu/research/98projects.htm

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Created in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 29 university-based
programs of research, outreach and education dedicated to the protection
and sustainable use of the United States' coastal, ocean and Great Lakes
resources.  The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of
participating coastal states, private industry and the National Sea Grant
College Program, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S.
Department of Commerce.


Posted by:

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