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                              MN SEA GRANT
                              NEWS RELEASE
8/12/02
Contact: Marie Zhuikov, Communications Coordinator
         (218) 726-7677, mzhuikov@umn.edu

         Aquatic Nuisance Species Are on the Menu of New CD

"Exotics To Go! Presentations and Publications to Prevent the Spread of
Aquatic Nuisance Species," an informational compact disk developed by
the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, is billed as the equivalent of "fast
food" for people who need outreach materials about aquatic nuisance
species (ANS).  The convenient package of information is designed to
help lake associations, natural resource agency staff, extension
educators, and teachers distribute accurate, timely, and important
information about ANS.

"Aquatic nuisance species are a tremendous threat to our natural
ecosystems," said Doug Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center
coordinator for the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.  "Once a
nuisance species populates an area, it is virtually impossible to get
rid of it.  The keys to battling exotic species are public education
and participation."

The exotic species featured in "Exotics To Go!" are of national concern
to inland water users, and some are specific to the Great Lakes area.
They include zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, several fish, and two
waterfleas.  The CD contains 22 publications in PDF format, lists of
people to contact about ANS, and offers seven adaptable PowerPoint
presentations -- including scripts, images, and talking points -- that
focus on zebra mussel impacts and control.  All materials were
peer-reviewed to ensure quality. 

The "Exotics To Go!" CD is available from Minnesota Sea Grant for $2.50
plus tax.  Contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-6191, or by e-mail
at seagr@d.umn.edu.  This CD may also be ordered online by visiting 
http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/exotics/exoticstogo.html.

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the U.S. National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the National Sea Grant
College Program through an appropriation by Congress based on the
National Invasive Species Act of 1996.

The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network consists of university-based programs
in Illinois-Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
and Wisconsin that promote better understanding, conservation, and use
of Great Lakes coastal resources.
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