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> Anders W. Andren, Director, UW Sea Grant Institute, (608) 262-0905
> Stephen Wittman, Assistant Director for Communications, (608) 263-5371
> Editors Note:	
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> WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 1999) - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announced
> today that the National Sea Grant College Program has awarded the
> University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute $1.9 million to support
> the second year of its federally approved 1998-2000 program.
> Coupled with $1.6 million in matching funds from the State of
> Wisconsin and private sources, the federal grant will support a total
> of 35 Great Lakes-related research, outreach and education projects
> involving 77 faculty and academic staff and 58 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 grant allows us to continue conducting research and education on
> a host of Great Lakes issues," said UW Sea Grant Director Anders W.
> Andren.  "We look forward to a year of useful research findings from
> Wisconsin's university scientists and to providing helpful public
> services through our outreach and education programs."
> The collapse of Lake Michigan's yellow perch fishery will receive
> special attention from Sea Grant during the next year.  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.
> 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.
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> John R. Karl
> Science Writer
> University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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