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Davis Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species

Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

April 7, 2009

SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar April 30 in Davis.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will host the event.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. It is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boaters are the primary transporters of these invasive species into uninfected waterways.

Presenters include DBW Scientist Geoff Newman, DFG Environmental Scientist Catherine Mandella; USFWS Invasive Species Biologists Louanne McMartin, Jonathan Thompson and Julie Wolford, and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at DFG's Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters - 45211 County Rd 32B (Chiles Rd) in Davis. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 27.

For questions on the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.