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GLIN==> WEB SITE TELLS ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WISCONSIN FISHES



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For Release:   IMMEDIATELY

For More Information:
Elizabeth White, Editor, (608) 262-6393
Stephen Wittman, Assistant Director for Communications, (608) 263-5371


WEB SITE TELLS ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT WISCONSIN FISHES

MADISON, Wis. (10/30/00) -- Did you know that bullhead have 100,000 taste
buds that cover their head and body, giving them an extraordinary sense of
taste?  Or that northern pike have been known to eat ducks, squirrels,
sandpipers, moles, mink, fully-grown muskrats, and at least one blackbird?
Did you know eels can live for more than a year without food?

You can now find these and innumerable other facts about Wisconsin
fishes--from the quirky to the most basic biological information--on the
World Wide Web.  Fishes of Wisconsin by George Becker, the single most
comprehensive reference book on Wisconsin fishes ever published, is now
available on the Web site of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
at www.seagrant.wisc.edu/greatlakesfish/becker.html.  Currently out of
print, the classic book details the distribution, habitat, and biological
and cultural importance of nearly 150 Wisconsin fish in over 1,000 pages of
text, photographs, and maps.  

An innovative Web browser plug-in, called DjVu, reproduces the original page
layout in a format that is easy to download, read, and print.  The entire
text is also searchable.  Pull-down menus allow users to look up individual
fish and families of fish by common or scientific name.  Other links take
users directly to the glossary, references, and index.  The site also
provides links for downloading the free, easy-to-install DjVu plug-in.

Putting Fishes of Wisconsin online was a collaborative project of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the University of Wisconsin
Press, which originally published the book, and AT&T Labs, which developed
the DjVu plug-in.

Wisconsin Sea Grant has also published an update to the 1983 Fishes of
Wisconsin, called Wisconsin Fishes 2000: Status and Distribution.  Written
by John Lyons and Don Fago of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
and Philip A. Cochran of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the 100-page
book offers the first complete assessment of Wisconsin fishes since Becker's
landmark book, including recently introduced non-native species such as the
round goby, the ruffe, and the white perch.

Wisconsin Fishes 2000: Status and Distribution is available for $10 from the
UW Sea Grant Institute, 1975 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1177.  For more
information, call (608) 263-3259 or visit
www.seagrant.wisc.edu/greatlakesfish  

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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.



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