Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

March 18, 2008 17:05 ET

20 years later Canada, U.S. still fighting aquatic invasions

On eve of Great Lakes Seaway opening and 20th anniversary of zebra mussel invasion, conservationists call for action

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Science Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO- ONTARIO FEDERATION OF ANGLERS AND HUNTERS--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Urgent Media Advisory - TO ALL MEDIA

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 1 PM Eastern standard time

WHERE: Canadian and U.S. journalists are invited to participate by dialing: 1-800-791-2345; Conference Code: 19940

WHAT:
The opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway marks the 20th anniversary of the discovery of the zebra mussel-the poster child for aquatic invasive species and the extensive damage they cause.

Conservationists will hold a briefing on how warnings about the zebra mussel went unheeded; the impending introduction from ocean-going ships on the Great Lakes and damage the zebra mussel is causing as it continues to spread across North America; and solutions that the U.S. and Canadian governments can take to prevent further invasions from ocean-going vessels.

WHO:
- Francine MacDonald, Invasive Species/Aquatics Biologist, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
- Gerald Mackie, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, the researcher who identified the first zebra mussel in North America.
- Jennifer Nalbone, Campaign Director for Aquatic Invasive Species and Navigation, Great Lakes United
- Andy Buchsbaum, Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office

For more information contact:
- Francine MacDonald, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, 705-748-6324, francinem@ofah.org
- Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, (734) 887-7109, lubetkin@nwf.org
- Lindsay Patterson, National Wildlife Federation, (281) 622-8536, PattersonL@nwf.org
- Brent Gibson, Great Lakes United, (613) 867-9861, bgibson@glu.org
/For further information: Lezlie Goodwin
Communications Coordinator
705 748-6324 ext 270/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, FISHERIES, FORESTRY, SPORTS, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Francine MacDonald, Invasive Species/Aquatics Biologist, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 238
    E-mail: francinem@ofah.org