Cameron Jaggard, U.S. Oceans Senior Associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts is now working on outreach known as the Florida Forage Fish Conservation Initiative.
Forage fish are small, oily fish that are a critical link in the marine food web, helping turn sunshine into seabirds, fish, and other wildlife. As part of the forage fish initiative, Audubon Florida and Pew recently published a joint report entitled “Fins and Feathers: Why Little Fish Are a Big Deal to Florida’s Coastal Waterbirds.” The report highlights the importance of forage fish as prey for many of Florida’s most beloved and well-recognized birds and it offers recommendations that would help ensure sufficient amounts of baitfish are left in the water to fulfill their role as prey for birds. You can find out more about it and download a copy at www.pewenvironment.org/finsandfeathers .
Please join us as Cameron educates us about these small, but crucial fish and their importance to Florida’s ecosystems and economy.
Cameron Jaggerd's Bio:
Cameron Jaggard is a Senior Associate with the U.S. Oceans division at The Pew Charitable Trusts. Before joining the Southeast Forage Fish Conservation Initiative at Pew, Cameron worked for more than four years on a campaign to reduce unwanted catch of marine life in the U.S. surface longline fishery. Cameron holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and an environmental science certificate from Florida Atlantic University.
... All programs are held the 3rd Wed of the month at 6:30 pm, at Harry P. Leu Gardens.
Door opens at 6:30 pm, with light snacks and socializing. Programs are held from 7 - 9:00 pm. A brief discussion of environmental issues precedes the program with info on upcoming, fun, outings! A great way to meet more environmental folk and network!
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