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WAYNE STATE INITIATES EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS ABOUT INVASIVE SPECIES AT THE BELLE ISLE AQUARIUM
November 25, 2013
As reported on WDIV, channel 4 in Detroit, Wayne State University has partnered with the Belle Isle Aquarium to create exhibits about invasive species. The initial invasive species displays include live exhibits of "local" non-native species (animals that have already invaded the Detroit River or Lake Erie), models and information about Asian Carp, a poster that discusses how future invasions may be prevented, and a video about the spread of invasive species. Dr. Jeffrey Ram, a faculty member at Wayne State, says "We are working with students, colleagues, government, private industry, and the Great Lakes Protection Fund to develop additional educational materials to show how new technologies are being developed to prevent future pests from coming into the Great Lakes." Another video at the Aquarium describes the technology that the Ram laboratory is developing to detect potential invasive organisms in the ballast water that might be discharged from ships in Great Lakes ports, along with a prototype of the technology that the Ram lab is developing. The video can also be seen on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_MLX94Jy6E). The exhibits also include information about what the public can do to help, by properly disposing of unwanted aquarium organisms and bait.
The video from WDIV was broadcast on November 24, 2013 and can be seen in its entirety at http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Uniquely-Detroit-Catching-koi-at-the-Belle-Isle-Aquarium/-/1719418/23049916/-/cf2j0z/-/index.html