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GLIN==> News Release - Two Exotic Species Projects Funded



                                  MN SEA GRANT
                                  NEWS RELEASE

DATE:  5/13/03
CONTACT: Marie Zhuikov (218) 726-7677 
         mzhuikov@umn.edu

               Two Exotic Species Projects Funded

Minnesota Sea Grant was awarded $286,200 from the National Sea Grant
College Program for two new aquatic invasive species (AIS) projects,
each spanning two years.  

Barbara Liukkonen, water resources education coordinator, and Douglas
Jensen, AIS Information Center coordinator, received a $152,860 grant
from the National Sea Grant College Program for "Preventing New
Introductions of Invasive Aquatic Plants from Water Gardening and
Shoreline Restoration."  The project, done in collaboration with
Michigan Sea Grant and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
will involve state agency staff, nursery and landscaping industry
representatives, water gardening enthusiasts, and shoreline property
owners in development of an educational model to prevent the spread of
invasive aquatic plants.

Jensen and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, received $133,349
for "A National Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Outreach Campaign for the
Aquarium Industry and Hobbyist Consumers." The project is a
collaborative effort involving the Pet Industry Joint Council, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Association of Fish and
Wildlife Agencies, and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network to prevent the
accidental spread of AIS by aquarium hobbyists.

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