T3I to present at Marine Bioinvasions Conference

Ridgefield, CT. ------ December 15, 1998

Mr. Barry Ressler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Triton Thalassic Technologies, Inc. (T3I) announced today that T3I has been invited to present a technical dissertation at the National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions in January, 1999.

This three-day conference, being held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, will focus on the incidence, effects and management of exotic species in coastal, estuarine and marine ecosystems. Topics will include: (1) ballast water research and management, (2) ecological and genetic consequences of invasions, (3) patterns of invasions in time and space, (4) transport vectors (unintentional and intentional), (5) status of control factors and predictive options for assisting managers, and (6) economic impacts.

The T3I presentation will be delivered by Dr. John Coogan, Technical Director and is entitled, "UV Disinfection of Ballast Waters: Effects of Organism Size on System Scaling". Mr. Ressler commented, "The paper is based on the continuing research being conducted by Gary Morgan, T3I's Senior Research Scientist, and his team at our Ship Point Research Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland."

Mr. Ressler went on to say, "Our invitation to present the results of our work is further recognition of the innovative performance advantages of our high energy, monochromatic UV light source and FASTAC fluid treatment technologies." Mr. Ressler concluded, " Earlier this year, NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) and the National Sea Grant College Program awarded a grant to the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Laboratory based on T3I's FASTAC technology.

This $250,000 Grant is designated as, "Chesapeake Bay Ballast Water: An Investigative Assessment of Excimer UV as a Method of Shipboard or Dockside Treatment" and T3I will participate at its Ship Point Research Laboratory in Maryland."

During the 1990's, interest and research in coastal and marine invasion ecology and management have increased vastly, propelled in part by the discovery of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes in 1988. T3I has been engaged in funded research activities to study the effect of various electro-technology concepts for the control of zebra mussel invasions since 1994.

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