Visitors to the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show at Cleveland’s I-X Center can learn about some of the major issues facing Lake Erie Jan. 17–21 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 Jan. 21, Lake Erie Day. The event’s managing organization, 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 weekend, experts will be available at the Ohio Sea Grant booth near the Fish Stage (booths 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 also be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 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 Justin Chaffin
• Ohio Clean Marinas Coordinator Sarah OrlandoChildren 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 classes 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.”