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Aquatic Invasive Species Exhibit Opening on June 30

The Great Lakes Aquarium is opening a new exhibit, featuring aquatic invaders from the Great Lakes. Various invaders will be highlighted, such as round gobies, sea lamprey, and zebra mussels.

Not only can you get a closer look at the invaders, but you can also learn about them. The exhibit, Aquatic Invaders, allows the aquarium's visitors to explore how these invasive species compete with native species, and in many cases completely change ecosystems. When visiting, you can also learn ways in which you can help stop invasive species from traveling to new locations.

Minnesota Sea Grant's communications designer, Chris Benson, contributed photographs to help illustrate Aquatic Invader topics. Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant aquatic invasive species program coordinator, provided technical guidance for the exhibit, which was funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant. Minnesota Sea Grant will be hosting a Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth for the grand opening on June 30. There, staff will be distributing educational materials produced through a GLRI grant to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network led by Minnesota. Sea Grant staff will also be answering questions about invasive species in the Great Lakes and what can be done to help stop the spread.

The Great Lakes Aquarium is open every day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Aquatic Invaders page on the Great Lakes Aquarium website.

Posted on June 15, 2011


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