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News Release - Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conf.
- Subject: News Release - Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conf.
- From: "Marie E. Zhuikov" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 08:50:58 -0600 (CST)
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
- Reply-To: "Marie E. Zhuikov" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
MN SEA GRANT
DATE: 2/1/99 CONTACT: Doug Jensen
PHONE: (218) 726-8712
IT'S MORE THAN MUSSELS
The ninth international Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS)
Conference, April 26-30, 1999, in Duluth, MN, is considered the most
comprehensive forum for experts to present results concerning impacts of marine
and freshwater aquatic nuisance species. This year's conference will feature
panel discussions on ANS policy issues, as well as research reports concerning
the biology, ecology, control and management, and impacts of ANS. Outreach and
educational programs will also be discussed. Vice President Al Gore and
Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt have been invited as keynote speakers to
discuss a new national Invasive Species Executive Order.
Although zebra mussels are the most widely known ANS, dozens of others require
attention because they are causing significant damage to marine and freshwater
resources and to the economies that depend upon them. That's why the conference
will feature nearly two dozen aquatic invasive species, and special ruffe and
round goby sessions. It's the first time these special symposia have been part
of the conference.
"Minnesota Sea Grant is pleased to host the conference back in the Great Lakes,"
said Doug Jensen, conference co-chair. "For the past two years, it's been held
on the Gulf and West Coasts. This conference is an excellent opportunity to
share the latest findings, technology, management strategies, and public
education programs related to ANS prevention and control.
"This year's conference will take a proactive look at some rather controversial
topics, including the future use of chlorine for ANS control, the pros and cons
of biological controls, and ballast water control technology and policy," said
Jensen. "As experience has shown, proactive programming can mean huge cost
savings by mitigating the impacts and preventing the spread of ANS."
Each year the conference attracts about 400 participants from across the United
States, Canada and other countries. A sampling of the nearly 125 presentations
at the conference finds topics ranging from the use of chili pepper-based paints
on boats to deter zebra mussels, efforts to predict what kinds of fish might
invade the Great Lakes in the future, using zebra mussels as a filter for
livestock waste, how round gobies affect lake sturgeon populations, and how
Eurasian ruffe impact yellow perch in experimental enclosures.
For the younger set, there's two new conference features -- a poster competition
and a youth leadership workshop. Youth are invited to submit posters that
feature an educational message about exotic species, which will be judged at the
beginning of the conference. Students in grades 5 to 12 can attend a one-day
workshop to hear what's known about exotic species, learn about how youth are
involved in management of exotics, and to participate in actual field monitoring
on the St. Louis River. These youth will then develop action strategies for
their own communities.
The conference will be held at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The
early registration fee (deadline February 22, 1999) is $350 ($240 for students)
and includes all sessions, continental breakfasts, luncheons, coffee breaks,
receptions, a boat tour of the Duluth-Superior Harbor that highlights ANS
issues, and a bus tour of the City of Duluth. A Thursday-only fee is available
for people who only want to come to the special round goby and Eurasian ruffe
symposia. For more information, you can access the conference Web site at
www.zebraconf.org, or contact the conference administrator, Elizabeth
Muckle-Jeffs, at 800-868-8776 or by e-mail: email@example.com.