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For More Information:
Anders W. Andren, Director, UW Sea Grant Institute, 
(608) 262-0905
Stephen Wittman, Program Information Specialist, 
(608) 263-5371


WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 20, 2002) - U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announced today
that the National Sea Grant College Program has awarded the University of
Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute $1.89 million to support the first year of its
federally approved 2002-04 program.
Coupled with $1.50 million in matching funds from the State of Wisconsin and
private sources, the federal grant will support more than two dozen Great
Lakes-related research, outreach, and education projects involving more than
100 faculty, staff, and students at seven UW System campuses: UW-Madison,
UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior, and

"We are pleased to continue our research, education, and outreach on the
sustainable use of the Great Lakes' tremendous resources," said UW Sea Grant
Director Anders W. Andren.  "For example, we are seeking to better
understand food webs in the Great Lakes and how they are affected by
invasive species like zebra mussels and water fleas.  This research will
provide valuable information for fisheries managers trying to restore
populations of lake trout and yellow perch.  We're also continuing our
emphasis on learning how contaminants and pathogens enter aquatic
environments, how they affect fish, wildlife, and humans, and what
ultimately happens to them in Great Lakes systems," Andren said.

Other UW Sea Grant research areas include fostering freshwater aquaculture;
developing Great Lakes applications of cutting-edge biotechnology; advancing
knowledge about Lake Superior's food webs, trout populations, and local
economies; enhancing safety for recreational scuba divers; and probing the
complex land-water interactions that characterize coastal regions.

The grant will also support the work of eight Sea Grant Advisory Services
specialists who provide free statewide assistance in aquaculture, water
quality issues, geographic information systems, and recreational and
commercial fishing. Other specialist services include advice on Great
Lakes-related business development, coastal engineering advice, and
contaminated sediment remediation.  UW Sea Grant sponsors the Madison JASON
project, an international, multidisciplinary science program for students in
grades four through nine, and co-produces the Earthwatch Radio program with
the Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison.  

More information on UW Sea Grant's research, outreach, and education
activities can be found at www.seagrant.wisc.edu.

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Created in 1966, Sea Grant is a national network of 30 university-based
programs of research, outreach and education dedicated to the protection and
sustainable use of the United States' coastal, ocean and Great Lakes
resources.  The National Sea Grant Network is a partnership of participating
coastal states, private industry and the National Sea Grant College Program,
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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