In Lake Erie, the duration and extent of hypoxia (dissolved oxygen (DO) ≤ 2 mg·L–1) has increased in recent years, yet little is known on the corresponding impact on its fish, particularly the highly valued walleye (Sander vitreus) fishery.
Professionals, such as Extension personnel, who communicate with a range of non-specialists about scientific or technical information face particular challenges. A common goal of all such professionals is to effect at least some change in their audiences' understanding and perhaps in their actions.
A special session at the 2009 ICAIS meeting offered participants a chance to experience an outstanding “free choice learning” center: the Montreal Biodome. The setting sparked an engaging discussion of AIS outreach opportunities with partners including members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and other educational institutions.