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Aquatic Nuisance Species Are on the Menu of New CD

August 12, 2002

“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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