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AIS Outreach On Demand

Douglas Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's aquatic invasive species program coordinator, presented "Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species: Threats and Opportunities" at a board of directors meeting of the White Iron Chain of Lakes Association (WICOLA), U.S. Forest Service Kawishiwi Ranger Station, Ely, February 19, 2010.

The WICOLA Board voted to join the "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" campaign to help educate residents and BWCAW visitors about how to prevent the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species in the Ely area.

The next day, Jensen gave a brief update on the status of the viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) in Lake Superior, speaking at a Propeller Club meeting, Superior, Wisconsin.

University of Minnesota Sea Grant co-hosted a booth at the 44th Annual Duluth Boat, Sport, and Travel Show at the DECC, February 17-21. Nearly 2,000 people stopped by.

"They really like the jars of 'pickled' specimens for show and tell," Jensen said, adding, "Really popular were the new specimens of [Asian] big head and silver carp; folks had lots of questions about the status of those invaders, plus VHS in Lake Superior." The latest information was provided to visitors.

Jensen said most boaters and anglers are doing the right thing when it comes to preventing the spread, but they must remain vigilant. Despite best efforts, new infestations of zebra mussels in Pike Lake and spiny waterfleas in Mille Lacs Lake occurred in 2009. "Unfortunately, we've had a few vectors slip through the cracks, resulting in new infestations… so, we reminded people who stopped by that preventing the spread is key, and it's everyone's personal responsibility," said Jensen. Both species are found in only a few inland waters and the goal is to keep it that way.

Co-hosts of the booth included Minnesota Sea Grant, Minnesota DNR Invasive Species Program and Law Enforcement, and Minnesota Waters. They answered a ton of questions. Rich Rezanka, AIS specialist with the DNR, recalled "countless meaningful conversations."

Minnesota Sea Grant congratulates all the students who participated at the local and regional levels and encourage you to "keep doing science."

Posted on March 25, 2010

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