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San Francisco Bay Area Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


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

August 31, 2009

SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar September 24 in Sausalito. The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bay Model Visitor Center - 2100 Bridgeway. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by September 21.

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. The seminar will explain why it is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California waterways. Boats are the most common avenues for spreading Quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The seminar will be hosted by the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)-Sea Grant Extension Program, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program.

Presenters include, DFG Environmental Scientist Catherine Mandella, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, SERC Ecologist Chela Zabin and Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

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

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The Boating Clean and Green Program is a state-wide program designed to reduce pollution from boating and marine businesses by educating boaters and marina operators about environmentally sound boating practices. www.dbw.ca.gov/Environmental/