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Take-home Messages

Minnesota Sea Grant co-sponsored eleven conferences and workshops since May. Staff attended and brought back these messages:

Sharon Moen regarding the Northland Innovative Stormwater Management Conference, Duluth, Minn., Nov. 17:
"Water retention is a really good thing in the right context. Despite challenges like clay soils, steep slopes, and exposed bedrock, there are many ways trees and raingardens, included to keep stormwater from reaching Lake Superior at unnatural speeds. Especially as extreme weather events become more common, every community member might want to retain a little more water."

Doug Jensen regarding the Minnesota-Wisconsin Invasive Species Conference, St. Paul, Minn., Nov. 8-10:
"It's about prevention, prevention, prevention. Thanks to community engagement and response by people, outreach efforts in Wisconsin and Minnesota are making a difference in helping to prevent the spread of invasive species. Clearly, preventing the spread of harmful species is better than reacting to control them."

John Bilotta regarding the Minnesota Water Resources Conference, St. Paul, Minn., Oct 19-20:
"The multitude of presentations supported the idea that stormwater best management practices successfully improve communities' abilities to keep water resources clean. The toolbox of stormwater best practices includes on-the-ground installations, monitoring, educating the public, and adopting sound stormwater policies. A key to continuing success is to invest in research that explores new ways to increase the overall quality of aquatic resources."

Dale Bergeron regarding the Working Waterways & Waterfronts National Symposium on Water Access 2010, Portland, Maine, Sept. 27-30:
"Having coastal stakeholders that understand how their various interests align allows port communities to design coastal and maritime policies with better information and to align limited resources for optimal benefit. Propinquity is 9/10ths of the relationship. You can't partner with someone you never met. There is momentum to develop a National Working Waterfront Coalition."

Cindy Hagley regarding the COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence) Great Lakes Summit, Oregon, Ohio, Sept. 24-25:
"Over the past five years COSEE Great Lakes has brought together large numbers of Great Lakes scientists and educators to share knowledge, resources, and experience related to Great Lakes science and literacy. It was energizing to reunite with a core group of committed educators, scientists, and COSEE Great Lakes staff to reflect on our work and develop recommendations for future scientist-educator collaborations."

Jeff Gunderson regarding the North Central Region Aquaculture Center Baitfish Workshop, Onalaska, Wisc., Sept. 21:
"Baitfish aquaculture is thriving in Minnesota and it has a lot of potential to expand as baitfish markets transition from wild-captured to farm-raised fish. Techniques for rearing baitfish have become more refined, increasing the probability that baitfish aquaculture ventures will be successful. Given the growing conditions in Minnesota, raising baitfish seems like a much safer bet than rearing food fish."

Dale Bergeron regarding the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Meetings, Montreal, Quebec, May 18; Duluth, Minn., July 20-21:
"Our discussions on ballast water science, policy, and management are game-changing. These meetings and their resulting reports are not only uniting Great Lakes shippers, regulators, non-government organizations, and scientists, but they are also informing federal laws and future directions for onboard ballast water treatment systems."

Jeff Gunderson regarding the International Symposium on Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Fish, Minneapolis, Minn., June 21-24:
"We have a very long way to go before this technology (genetic biocontrol) becomes a feasible option for managing aquatic invaders like carp or sea lamprey."
See article on page 3.

Jesse Schomberg regarding the 2010 Northland Water Safety Workshop, Duluth, Minn., June 1:
"Outdoor activities are great fun, but require great respect for the elements. Water safety issues involving Lake Superior and northern Minnesota include rip currents, hypothermia, and severe weather. Workshop attendees discussed the best information available about these issues as well as water rescue operations, and swift water safety."

Jeff Gunderson regarding the Ecology of Lake Superior Conference, Duluth, Minn., May 3-5:
"Sea Grant funding clearly plays a significant role in Lake Superior research. In fact, 30% of the presenters, including one of the gods of Great Lakes food web research, Jim Kitchell, credited Sea Grant for support. Kitchell also said that this was one of the best integrated science conferences he had ever attended."

By Sea Grant Staff
December 2010

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