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Anders W. Andren, Director, UW Sea Grant Institute, (608) 262-0905
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2001) - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announced today
that the National Sea Grant College Program has awarded the University of
Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute $1.83 million to support the second year of
its federally approved 2000-02 program.

Coupled with $1.5 million in matching funds from the State of Wisconsin and
private sources, the federal grant will support more than two dozen Great
Lakes-related research, outreach, and education projects involving more than
170 faculty, staff, and students at seven UW System campuses: UW-Madison,
UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior, and

"This grant allows UW Sea Grant to continue addressing pressing issues in
the Great Lakes region through scientific research, public outreach, and
education," said UW Sea Grant Director Anders W. Andren.  "For example, we
are seeking to better understand the population fluctuations of lake trout
in Lake Superior and of yellow perch in Lake Michigan, and we hope our
findings will support the sustainable use and enjoyment of these fisheries
far into the future.  We're also giving special emphasis to learning how
contaminants and pathogens enter aquatic environments, how they affect fish,
wildlife, and humans, and what ultimately happens to them in Great Lakes
systems," Andren said.

Other UW Sea Grant research areas include fostering freshwater aquaculture;
understanding the developmental and reproductive effects of endocrine
disrupters; developing Great Lakes applications of cutting-edge
biotechnology; advancing knowledge about Lake Superior's food webs, trout
populations, and local economies; enhancing safety for recreational scuba
divers; and probing the complex land-water interactions that characterize
coastal regions.

The grant will also support the work of eight Sea Grant Advisory Services
specialists who provide free statewide assistance in aquaculture, water
quality issues, geographic information systems, and recreational and
commercial fishing. Other specialist services include Great Lakes-related
business development and coastal engineering advice, contaminated sediment
remediation technologies, and K-12 and public education programs.  More
information on UW Sea Grant's current activities can be found at 

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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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