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erin's words
ARTWORK - SIGNE P. - MINNESOTA GRADES 10-12


2013

"INVADER CRUSADER"

Erin's thoughts on Invasive Species ...

"The reason I entered the invasive species category was because I thought this was a good way to share my talent and still bring awareness to a problem in the under-water sea life.


When I decided I was going to enter the invasive category, I thought it would be a good thing to draw a fish that is affecting my community.  With that idea, I did some research on local problems that the ocean has and came to see that the Red Lion fish is a huge problem right now because is a big threat to the coral reefs and native fishes along the Gulf Coast. 


The Red Lion Fish eats almost anything and is very aggressive. If the red lion fish is not removed from our Coastal reefs and rigs then we may lose the native fishes and shrimp that make our marine habitat special. I got really worried when I found out that very few people know about it.  So I really thought that it was a great opportunity to make people aware of how beautiful but destructive this fish is through my art.


It was a wonderful feeling and experience when I found out I won. I was thrilled and excited to know that now I had the opportunity to make a difference in the community and make more people aware about the destructive Red Lion Fish so that maybe this can be solved with the participation of all of us."

 by Erin Werner from Texas, Grade 5

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