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New Exotic Species Projects Funded

Minnesota Sea Grant fared well in a recent exotic species funding competition. The National Sea Grant College Program awarded Minnesota $246,000 for the following three two-year projects, all of which will be conducted in cooperation with other Great Lakes Sea Grant Programs:

Doug Jensen, Exotic Species Information Center Coordinator, and Marie Zhuikov, communications coordinator, will receive $96,000 for The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Raises Public Awareness of ANS Through Species WATCH ID Cards: Don't Leave Home Without 'Em. This project, in cooperation with federal and state natural resource agencies, seeks to inform boaters, anglers, and aquarium hobbyists about the threats posed by various aquatic nuisance species (ANS) through a series of species-specific identification cards. Minnesota Sea Grant will produce 1.7 million cards.

Zhuikov and Jensen will receive $91,000 for ESCAPE from Exotics: Break Out of Your Classroom Routine by Exploring the Interesting World of Exotic Aquatic Species. This cooperative project with Louisiana Sea Grant seeks to help citizens stop the spread of exotic species through classroom programs, cooperation with the Newspapers In Education program, and distance learning.

Jeff Gunderson, associate director, and Jensen will receive $59,000 for A National Training Initiative for Federal, State, and Tribal Stocking Programs and Private Aquaculturists and Baitfish Industries Using an ANS-HACCP Approach from the Great Lakes. This project seeks to lower the risk of spreading ANS into public waters via baitfish operations and fish stocking by conducting training sessions for resource managers and industry operators.

By Sharon Moen
December 2001

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