Thank you to the Polasik family!
MAISRC is thrilled to thank Tom and Dianne Polasik as advisors for the Lee S. and Dorothy N. Whitson fund of the St. Paul Foundation for their very generous recent donation to the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. The gift will be used to buy a boat, trailer, and motor, which will be put to immediate use this summer for field work on invasive carp.
MAISRC researchers Jessica Eichmiller, Ratna Ghosal, and Aaron Claus will use the boat to track common carp, set up bait stations for sexual and food stimuli, and collect water samples as part of a new research project that will be announced later this summer.
The project will mark an important step in moving from lab to field testing of the use of food and sexual cues to aggregate carp in certain areas so they can be reliably measured (and ultimately removed). This work is the second phase in developing an integrated plan for Asian carp and is a key component of the Minnesota Invasive Carp Action Plan.
The faculty, staff, and students at MAISRC are very grateful for support from individuals which truly help make our work possible. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to MAISRC today. Your donations allow us to respond quickly and with flexibility to emerging AIS issues and needs.