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GLIN==> Aquatic Invaders New TV special on aquatic nuisance species



PRESS ADVISORY from the Information Television Network (ITV)

"Aquatic Invaders"  New TV special on aquatic nuisance species!
Premiering Aug. 14, 1999, on CNBC 3:30 pm EDT, 2:30 pm Central, 1:30 pm
Mountain, and 12:30 pm PDT. Additional air times will be announced at a
later date.

Millions of Americans rely on our fresh and marine water for food,
transportation and recreation. Yet now, the very survival of many
water-based industries  particularly sport and commercial fishing  is
in danger due to invasive species or "aquatic invaders."

A growing number of non-indigenous (non-native) animals and plants are
invading coastal and inland waters in North America. Fish, crabs and
clams originating in Europe and Asia threaten our native populations
from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the eastern seaboard
to the Pacific Northwest. In their native waters, these organisms may be
relatively harmless and even beneficial. However, when transplanted
elsewhere, they can create serious problems.

For example, a small mussel that invaded the Great Lakes just over a
decade ago has upset a delicate ecosystem, affected sport and commercial
fishing, and interfered with water supply systems. Tens of millions of
dollars are invested annually in control programs. Introduced primarily
through the ballast water of ocean-going vessels, this mussel  and
other aquatic invaders  have spread rapidly throughout large areas of
North America.

An upcoming edition of TECHNO 2100: "Aquatic Invaders" takes a look at
the threats these aquatic nuisance species pose, and how scientists, the
public, and policy makers are working to prevent the spread of these
potentially devastating invaders.

This 30-minute TV special is produced by Information Television Network
in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and
various other U.S. and Canadian federal agencies and Great Lakes states.
The special is co-hosted by Dr. Michael J. Donahue of the Great Lakes
Commission and Dr. James T. Carlton of the Williams College/Mystic
Seaport Maritime Studies Program. The program is scheduled to premier on
CNBC on Saturday, August 14. For additional information, please call
1-888-380-6500 or visit http://www.itvisus.com

Special thanks to the following organizations:

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife
Ohio Division of Wildlife
United States Coast Guard
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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