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For Release:   IMMEDIATELY
May 29, 1999

For More Information
Eileen Walter, Administrator, SC Johnson Wax Fund, (414) 260-2826
Stephen Wittman, Assistant Director for Communications, (608) 263-5371


RACINE, Wis. (5/29/99) - The public will get a chance to quiz scientists
about the 10-year-old decline of yellow perch in Lake Michigan at a special
day-long conference to be held Saturday, June 12, in Racine, Wis.

The conference is sponsored by the SC Johnson Wax Fund and was organized by
Fred Binkowski, senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin Great Lakes
WATER Institute at Milwaukee.  Binkowski's work is funded by the University
of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.

"We wanted to link science to the primary stakeholders - the sport fishing
community, commercial fishing groups, and devotees of the Friday night fish
fry," Binkowski said.  "We designed the conference to be very interactive to
provide the best mechanism of communicating science to the public.  We hope
to answer everyone's questions about the yellow perch decline."

The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. in the SC Johnson Golden Rondelle
Theater, 1525 Howe St., Racine.  Advance registration is necessary.  Call
(414) 260-2154 to register.

In the morning sessions, Sea Grant researchers and natural resource managers
from Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan will present their findings and
answer questions.  In the afternoon session, attendees will have the
opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop including
demonstrations and displays of field sampling gear such as Neuston nets,
beach seines, bottom trawls, plankton nets, and light traps.  Laboratory
research equipment and resource materials will be available to examine and
discuss with scientists.  These include experimental tanks, otolith bones
(taken from a fish's ears to determine its age), perch eggs, perch sac-fry
and larvae, and plankton.

The SC Johnson Wax Fund is the philanthropic investment arm of SC Johnson, a
113-year-old family-owned, family- managed company with worldwide
headquarters in Racine. Since 1992, SC Johnson has received over 40 awards
from government, environmental, and consumer organizations for its
international corporate environmental leadership.

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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

John R. Karl
Science Writer

University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
Goodnight Hall, Floor 2
1975 Willow Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1103

Phone: (608) 263-8621
FAX: (608) 262-0591