|BGSU gets Asian carp study grant|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 16 November 2013 10:00|
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission awarded quarterly grants through Ohio's Lake Erie Protection Fund at recent meeting in Cleveland.
The fund was established to help finance research and on-the-ground projects aimed at protecting, preserving and restoring Lake Erie and its watershed. It is supported by Ohioans who purchase a Lake Erie license plate displaying the Marblehead Lighthouse by Ohio artist Ben Richmond and the new Lake Erie life ring license plate.
Among the grant winners was Bowling Green State University, which received $15,000 to determine otolith element uptake ratios in common carp over a broad range of water chemistries.
Otoliths are calcium carbonate masses in the inner ear of fish that incorporate trace elements during growth in proportion to the elements' concentration in the water. This project will allow researchers to develop chemical signatures specific to different rivers.
These chemical signatures will be useful for development of control strategies for Asian carps.
Citizens wishing to help fund projects that protect and restore Lake Erie and its watershed can send a donation directly to OLEC's office at 111 E. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky, Ohio 44870. All donations and proceeds from the sale of the Lake Erie license plates are used to fund grants to benefit Ohio's Great Lake.
For more information on the Lake Erie Protection Fund, or to read about past grant projects, visit: http://lakeerie.ohio.gov/.
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