El Nino Ventures joins the "AGORACOM 100" and launches online IR and marketing program

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - El Nino Ventures Inc. (TSX.V: ELN) ("El Nino"
or "the Company") is pleased to announce it has retained the services of
AGORACOM Investor Relations ("AGORACOM") (http://www.agoracom.com) to provide
online investor relations services, a Web 2.0 social network for current
shareholders and Tier-1 awareness through the world's biggest websites for the
purpose of attracting new shareholders.

    Online Investor Relations Maximizes Speed, Transparency and Access to

    In response to overwhelming data representing the online research and
communications habits of small-cap investors, El Nino has turned the primary
focus of its investor relations to the web via the AGORACOM system to
facilitate faster, better and more accessible communications with both current
and prospective shareholders around the world.
    Effective immediately, a customized and monitored El Nino IR HUB will be
available on AGORACOM at (http://agoracom.com/ir/elnino). The IR HUB will
allow El Nino to communicate with all investors simultaneously, anytime and in
near real-time. This HUB will provide El Nino management with the ability to
extend communications beyond text via audio messages, video presentations,
webcasts and podcasts. In addition to traditional e-mail, investors will also
have the ability to receive all communications via RSS feed.

    The "AGORACOM 100"

    On January 19th AGORACOM launched a Canadian TV, web and search engine
marketing campaign to drive small-cap investors to the "AGORACOM 100", an
elite and exclusive group of great Canadian small-cap companies in which El
Nino will be included. This marketing campaign will target main stream media
including daily spots on BNN, CNBC TV, Bloomberg TV, Globe & Mail's
GlobeInvestor.com, Google, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Facebook, AGORACOM and an array of
other Tier 1 properties.

    Launch of El Nino Ventures Community

    The El Nino IR HUB propels the Company into the forefront of Web 2.0
community building by providing investors with two very important functions.
First, a monitored discussion forum for the purposes of constructive and
high-quality discussion amongst investors that is free of spam, profanity and
misinformation. Second, a social network that provides investors with the
ability to create extensive profiles that include photos, bios, video messages
to fellow investors, a rating system and other important items to create a
closer bond between our shareholders.

    Tier-1 Exposure and Awareness

    As an exclusive provider of "Small-Cap Centres - Powered by AGORACOM" to
Globe Investor, Yahoo Finance Canada, AOL Finance Canada and every Blackberry
device, AGORACOM will provide Tier-1 financial coverage of all newsworthy El
Nino press releases for the purposes of attracting new and prospective
    El Nino President & CEO Jean Luc Roy states, "I believe the time has now
come to significantly increase our communications with both existing
shareholders and the massive online small-cap community of investors that are
searching for solid and proven companies with real projects. I strongly
encourage our shareholders to begin taking advantage of our new online IR
system, which demonstrates we are a fully accessible organization. Our 2008
exploration efforts, in the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") has been a
true success and we look forward to moving forward our Kasala copper project
and also to start working on our other prospective projects in the DRC".
    For all future El Nino investor relations needs, investors are asked to
visit our IR Hub at http://agoracom.com/ir/ElNino where they can post
questions and receive answers within the same day, or simply review questions
and answers posted by other investors.
    The terms of the agreement are as follows: Duration - 12 months. Monthly
Cash Compensation of $2,500 plus GST. Stock Options - 200,000 stock options
granted at an exercise price of $0.10 per common share for a period of two
years, subject to regulatory approval. This agreement has been negotiated
entirely at arm's length. There is no market making arrangements. AGORACOM is
located in Toronto, Ontario.

    About AGORACOM

    AGORACOM Investor Relations (http://www.AgoracomIR.com) is North
America's largest online investor relations firm for small-cap companies. We
have partnered with the world's biggest internet companies, including Yahoo,
Globe Investor, AOL, Google and Blackberry to market our clients to a massive
audience of new small-cap investors. We have served over 300 companies since
    AGORACOM Investor Relations has displaced the telephone and e-mail as
primary IR communications devices. Our IR HUB delivers two-way investor
relations in near real-time that is 24/7/365 accessible to shareholders around
the world and goes far beyond text by offering both audio and video
    AGORACOM (http://www.Agoracom.com) is North America's only small-cap
community built to serve the needs of serious small-cap and micro-cap
investors. No rumours, profanity, stock bashing or hyping. Our traffic ranking
is above the top 0.5% of all websites around the world.

    About El Nino Ventures Inc

    El Nino Ventures is a junior exploration company, focused on exploring
for Copper/Cobalt in the DRC. El Nino has an option to acquire a 70% interest
in over 350 square kilometers in the world renowned copper belt in the
Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC"). In addition to our Copper and Cobalt
projects in the DRC, the Company has zinc properties in Ireland and holds a 50
percent interest on an extensive land package in the Bathurst Mining Camp with
Xstrata Zinc Canada.
    The focus of the Company going forward will be the development of its
Kasala Copper Project in the DRC and working on its other very prospective
research permits in the DRC. El Nino Ventures reported earlier the following
results from its Kasala Project. The Company anticipates drilling a minimum of
5,000 meters on the project this year and also intends to do exploration
drilling on their research permit they acquired with Phoenix Mining. Following
is the highlights of the 2008 drill program on the Kasala Project:

    -   Numerous intercepts with widths from 50 metres to 91 metres of over
        1% Cu mineralization
    -   High grade intercepts:

        -  7 metres @ 7.07% Cu (Hole MDB-DD-019)
        -  10 metres @ 6.07% Cu (Hole MDB-DD-011B)
        -  11 metres @ 3.68% Cu (Hole MDB-027)
        -  21 metres @ 2.42% Cu (Hole MDB-026)

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors,

    "Jean Luc Roy"

    Jean Luc Roy, President and CEO

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release

    CUSIPNo. 28335E-10-6

    Note: this release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future
events or results and are based on current expectations or beliefs. For this
purpose, statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking
statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include statements in
which the Company uses words such as "continue", "efforts", "expect",
"believe", "anticipate", "confident", "intend", "strategy", "plan", "will",
"estimate", "project", "goal", "target", "prospects", "optimistic" or similar
expressions. These statements by their nature involve risks and uncertainties,
and actual results may differ materially depending on a variety of important
factors, including, among others, the Company's ability and continuation of
efforts to timely and completely make available adequate current public
information, additional or different regulatory and legal requirements and
restrictions that may be imposed, and other factors as may be discussed in the
documents filed by the Company on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), including the most
recent reports that identify important risk factors that could cause actual
results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. The
Company does not undertake any obligation to review or confirm analysts'
expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Investors should
not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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Fax: (604) 683-4887, Email: info@elninoventures.com, or visit:

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