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YELLOW PERCH CONFERENCE/ State of the Lake '99




     
The Yellow Perch Conference sounds like a wwonderful opportunity for the public 
to learn more about your research.

As co-chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Lake Michigan Forum, I 
would like to invite Sea Grant and others to consider presenting a session at 
the Lake Michigan: State of the Lake '99 Conference. The conference will be held
in Muskegon, Michigan on November 8 - 9, 1999.  Please E-mail as soon as 
possible if you are interested.

Dr. Janet Vail
Grand Valley State University
vailj@gvsu.edu  (616) 895-3048

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Subject: SPECIAL YELLOW PERCH CONFERENCE OPEN TO PUBLIC 
Author:  John Karl <jkarl@seagrant.wisc.edu>  at internet
Date:    5/29/99 8:26 AM


NEWS RELEASE
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
     
     
SPECIAL YELLOW PERCH CONFERENCE OPEN TO PUBLIC
     
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 
Commerce.
     
     
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
www.seagrant.wisc.edu