Cleveland, OH Visitors to the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show at Cleveland’s I-X Center can learn about Lake Erie with fun and educational activities on January 16-20 at the Ohio Sea Grant booth. Sea Grant experts will be available to discuss harmful algal blooms, invasive species, dead zones, and climate change, along with educational opportunities available at Stone Laboratory, Ohio State University’s Island Campus on Lake Erie.
Visitors can support Stone Lab’s research, education, and outreach efforts by purchasing admission on January 20, Lake Erie Day. The event’s managing organization, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA), donates $1 from every admission ticket purchased that day to Stone Lab student scholarships.
"The show provides an incredible opportunity for students, teachers, and the general public to have their questions answered and interact with scientists from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab who are working on Lake Erie," says Dr. Jeff Reutter, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Director.
Throughout the 5-day show, experts will be available at the Ohio Sea Grant booth (booth numbers 129 & 130) to answer questions about how to become an Ohio Clean Boater, what causes harmful algal blooms, what to do with unwanted medicines, and the "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" campaign that aims to prevent the introduction of new aquatic invasive species into the Great Lakes.
The following Sea Grant experts will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Lake Erie Day (January 20) at the Ohio Sea Grant booth:
” Ohio Sea Grant Director Dr. Jeff Reutter
” Ohio Sea Grant Fisheries Extension Specialist Tory Gabriel
” Stone Lab Education & Outreach Coordinator Dr. Kristin Stanford
” Stone Lab Research Coordinator Dr. Justin Chaffin
” Stone Lab Assistant Lab Manager Kevin Hart
” Ohio Clean Marinas Coordinator Sarah Orlando
Children ages 17 and under can make their own Lake Erie walleye lure at the booth. College and advanced high school students can learn more about summer classes at Stone Lab, and teachers can plan science field trips for their classes or find out more about educator courses available at the lab.
For more details and tickets, visit clevelandboatshow.com.
“Ohio Sea Grant’s participation at the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show reminds us that everyone plays a role in our stewardship of Lake Erie”? explains Ken Alvey, LEMTA President. “From the Clean Marina Program to the challenges of Asian carp, protecting Ohio’s most important natural resource is job #1 for the Ohio Sea Grant Program. Lake Erie Day at the boat show brings hands-on science to our visitors and helps teach them how to protect and preserve our Great Lake.”?
Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.
Sarah Orlando, Ohio Sea Grant, 419.609.4120, firstname.lastname@example.org