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Minnesota Sea Grant Milestones and Accomplishments

1963

UMN professor Athelstan Spilhaus proposes U.S. Sea Grant college concept

1966

Federal government funds the National Sea Grant College Program

1975

Sea Grant debuts on the Duluth campus with the Minnesota Marine Advisory Service

Edge of the Arrowhead, Seiche, and other publications

1976

First issue of the Seiche newsletter distributed

The Edge of the Arrowhead published

1977

University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program becomes established and funds four fisheries research projects

1979

Director's office founded on the St. Paul campus

10 traineeships (graduate research fellowships) made available on 8 projects

testing hypothermia suits on Lake Superior

Testing hypothermia suits on Lake Superior

1981

Hypothermia suit research stimulates production of three products, grossing $1 million for Stearns Inc., a manufacturer of suits and flotation devices

Institutional status awarded

Sea Camps draw about 400 children to week-long sessions

American Indians in Marine Science (AIMS) program

1982

Hypothermia Causes, Effects, and Prevention published

1983

Lawrence the Lake Trout retires

Researchers discover a way to freeze fish sperm without damaging viability, greatly aiding aquaculture operations and hatcheries

1984

Diving reflex discovery changes the way people submerged in cold water are revived

1985

College status awarded (highest award for Sea Grant program)

Submersible takes researchers to bottom of Lake Superior for the first time

1986

First investigations into the legal and economic aspects of diverting water from Lake Superior

1987

Researchers reveal that atmospheric deposition is a major cause of PCB pollution in water; results used as evidence to ban toxaphene

1988

New technique improves detection of fish virus

UMN graduates receive Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships for the first time

1989

Genetic engineering using a fish gene offers a way to correct flawed DNA

1990

Omega-3 fatty acid content of siscowet trout intrigues health experts

1991

testing hypothermia suits on Lake Superior

MN exporter processes and ships tons of crayfish to Sweden with Sea Grant help

Zebra Mussel Information Center (now AIS Information Center) established

1994

Director's office moves to Duluth campus

Biotechnology Risk Assessment examines MN's ability to regulate genetically modified organisms

1995

MN Sea Grant goes online with information using the Gopher system

MN Water Line answers phone calls until 2000

Teachers learn the multicultural and environmental histories of the region through the Gitchi Gumee Institute

1996

Lamprey researchers hold laboratory lampreys in net.

Peter Sorensen and Pete Maniak, lamprey researchers at the University of Minnesota

Biocontrol of sea lampreys shows promise as researchers discover important pheromone cues

Market for Great Lakes sea lamprey in Portugal and Spain demonstrated

Exotic Species Traveling Trunks became available

1997

Weevils show potential to control Eurasian watermilfoil

Treasures Under Pressure workshop unites North Shore residents and agency personnel

1998

Water on the Web enters classrooms with real-time data from lakes

1999

Researchers show microorganisms facilitate the carbon cycle and make contaminants more available in Lake Superior's food web

International conference on aquatic invasive species draws 400 scientists to Duluth

2000

30 teachers learn new aquatic science lessons through Water, Webs, and Widgets

2001

Researchers find that endocrine disrupters common in wastewater generate female traits in male fish

National discussion about managing genetically modified organisms held

2002

Fish genetics work results in Discovery Genomics, Inc., and over $5 million in grants

Northland Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) efforts commence

First year that Great Lakes Commission - Sea Grant Fellowship is awarded to UMN graduate

Speaker series sparks conversations and a companion book about Lake Superior research

DuluthStreams.Org launched

2003

Leech Lake Band gets help contending with Superfund Site clean-up in Cass Lake, MN

2004

Financial administration moves to Duluth campus

Responses to pheromones suggest invasive ruffe may be controlled in harbors

Guided cruises show North Shore residents coastal planning challenges

Aquarists and water gardeners begin finding Habitattitude project messages nationwide

Initiative links UMD Education Department volunteers with Great Lakes Aquarium programs

2005

Experts brought to Duluth to investigate possible causes for accelerated steel corrosion in harbor

Workshops teach stewardship to lake property owners


By Sharon Moen
June 2005

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