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New Meetup: Skates in New England Waters, lecture @ New England Aquarium

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Monday, May 4, 2009 1:19 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Skates in New England Waters, lecture @ New England Aquarium

When: June 1,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: From the New England Aquarium site:

Speaker: Dr. John Mandelman, Research Scientist, Edgerton Research Laboratory, New England Aquarium

Trash Fish or Getting Trashed: Skates in New England Waters
"Primarily caught as bycatch, skates are generally regarded as a nuisance to commercial fishermen. However, with population declines, skates have received increased conservation attention in recent years. We are just beginning to understand the biological profiles of these animals, their importance ecologically, and how they cope with the rigors of fishing capture".

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Where to meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting outside the Harborside Learning Laboratory starting at 6:20 pm. We can go in to grab seats at 6:40 pm.
According to the site "We will hold a seat for you until 20 minutes before the program begins. The program will be in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab near the main Aquarium building". T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair spiked in front, bright blue eyes, with a "Hello My Name is T.J". nametag and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. If you wish, we can go to Legal Seafoods after. First we learn about fish, then we eat them! ;)

The Harborside Learning Lab is the Ocean Center, the building next to the Simons IMAX building, on the opposite side of the main building.

About the Aquarium Lecture Series:

"The Aquarium has been providing free lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836.

"Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the Aquarium's Harborside Learning Lab, unless otherwise noted below. Programs last approximately one hour followed by a reception.

"The Aquarium Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Previous Aquarium Lectures are available on-line through the WGBH Forum Network.

About John Mandelman:

"Research Interests: Stress physiology of elasmobranch fishes (sharks, rays and skates), applied fisheries biology, and physiological ecology of fishes. More specifically: 1) the physiological alterations caused by stress in elasmobranchs and other finfish; 2) the mortality of discarded bycatch in fishing operations; 3) strategies to reduce the incidental capture of elasmobranchs; and 4) movement and distribution of marine finfish around artificial structures (i.e. fish aggregation devices).

"Current Projects: The immediate and delayed mortality of western North Atlantic skates due to fishing capture (funded by NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region); impacts studies on the exclusion zones associated with deepwater liquid natural gas terminals in Massachusetts Bay (Funded by Excelerate Energy, L.L.C. & Suez Energy North America, Inc.)"

Trivia: "The Harold E. Edgerton Laboratory, a center for basic and applied science at the Aquarium, was dedicated, honoring time-lapse photo inventor and Aquarium trustee Harold 'Doc' Edgerton" in 1971.

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