$400,000 Grant to Prevent Invasives from Spreading in the Great Lakes

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$400,000 Grant to Prevent Invasives from Spreading in the Great Lakes

October 15, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Great Lakes have been given a financial boost when it comes to stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has awarded the University of Minnesota Sea Grant $400,000 through the EPA to extend education efforts about preventing the spread of invasive species.

This grant will help to spread information about alternatives to releasing live bait, aquarium and watergarden species when out boating on the Great Lakes.

“We need to continue our successes and apply what we’ve learned to other ways aquatic invasive species can spread,” said Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's aquatic invasive species program coordinator. “We’ve found that once people understand what to do and why, they usually do it.”

Jensen said surveys indicate that 84% of aquarists and water gardeners would seek alternatives to releasing pets and plants into the environment after they learned about the relationships among aquatic invasive species, conservation and their hobby.

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