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News Release - Exotic Species Workshop Offered

                                MN SEA GRANT
                                NEWS RELEASE
DATE: 3/24/99                                    CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov
                                                 PHONE:(218) 726-7677

           Public Invited to International Zebra Mussel Conference
                       Special One-Day Workshop Offered

The spread of Eurasian watermilfoil, rusty crayfish, and other aquatic nuisance 
species to Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes has caused public concern.  However, 
the spread is not inevitable.  Lake associations, shoreland property owners, 
members of conservation and recreation organizations, and other interested 
people are invited to participate in a special one-day workshop called, "It's 
Not Just a Matter of Time." This special session is planned in conjunction with 
the 9th International Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference, 
Thursday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at the Duluth Entertainment 
Convention Center.

The workshop will feature speakers from the international conference who will 
discuss what is being done to prevent the spread of exotics, why people should 
care, and how they can help. Experts will provide updates on invaders such as 
zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, purple loosestrife, Eurasian watermilfoil, 
curlyleaf pondweed, ruffe, and the round goby.  

Learn what agencies and organizations are doing locally and nationally to 
address this growing issue.  Discuss your concerns with experts and your needs 
with other citizens.  Bring your ideas on what can be done to stimulate policy 
debate and action. Registra-tion is $15, which includes lunch and refreshments.

Come curious, leave with a plan!  To register, or for more information, contact 
Marcia Shepard, Focus 10,000 Magazine,  800-450-5253.