This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Ohio Sea Grant and the American Boat and Yacht Council.
Ohio Sea Grant is sponsoring a seminar on the impact of Lake Erie's aquatic invasive species at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Bay Village, Ohio.
Dave Kelch, associate professor and Sea Grant extension specialist with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, will provide an overview of the most influential Lake Erie aquatic invasive species and how they have changed the lake's aquatic environment. He also will discuss the Asian carp threat, current plans to keep them out of the Great Lakes and what could happen if they get into Lake Erie.
Kelch is involved with two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative research grants on the prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species into other waters and outreach education on the issue.
Numerous non-native aquatic invasive species have found a home in Lake Erie's aquatic environment; some arrived as early as the late 1800s. The most recent arrivals have appeared in the last 23 years. Some have been introduced intentionally; others have swum in through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Many have been introduced through ballast water from foreign ships.
Call the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at (440) 871-2900 for information and to register for this seminar.
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The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering the following courses:
- A refrigeration and air conditioning certification class is set for Nov. 16-18 at the Marine Systems Training Center in Thomaston, Maine. The course consists of two-and-a-half days of extensive material review covering the installation and troubleshooting of AC and DC electrical systems related to refrigeration. A certification exam will be given after lunch on the second day of this program.
- On Nov. 19 there will be a one-day class that is designed to equip students with the EPA coolant certification necessary to purchase bulk refrigerant.
- Also in Thomaston, a four-day class for experienced marine gasoline technicians will be offered Dec. 14-17.
The course is intended to supplement factory-sponsored, engine-specific courses and certifications with an industry-recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations. The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.