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Romancing the Sea Lamprey

October 31, 2002

The public is invited to the second free talk in the “Superior Science for You!” speaker series, hosted by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.

On November 13 at 7 p.m. in the Duluth, EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, Gitchee Gumee Conference Facility (6201 Congdon Blvd.) and November 14 at 7 p.m. in Grand Marais at the North House Folk School, Assistant Professor Weiming Li will present “Romancing the Sea Lamprey.”

Forget wine and candlelight. If you want to attract a female sea lamprey, you’ve got to use the right cologne— in this case, a sex pheromone. Dr. Li, with the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife of Michigan State University, will describe his groundbreaking research, which yielded a purified vial of this super-powered sexual attractant from a ton of water and is expected to lead to novel management options for controlling this damaging invasive species in the Great Lakes.

A reception will follow the talk. This Lake Superior-related speaker series was made possible by a grant funded under the Coastal Zone Management Act by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in conjunction with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program.

Archives of last month’s talk and more information about the series can be found on the Web site.

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