“Where the Land Meets the Sea” lectures focus on efforts to restore, maintain ocean health and marine wildlife

Whaling Museum series premieres with “Underwater Yellowstones” – April 26 at 7 pm

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. –  “Where the Land Meets the Sea,” a series of lectures at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2018, will feature projects, organizations, and people who are working to restore and maintain ocean health and marine wildlife. The series premieres on April 26 with “Underwater Yellowstones.” Experts will explore marine sanctuaries off our coast and their associated benefits and challenges for fish, whales, scientists, and humans. “Underwater Yellowstones” speakers are Benjamin Haskell, Acting Superintendent, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA ; Jenni Stanley, Marine Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA; and Michelle Bachman, Habitat Coordinator, New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC). The lecture begins at 7 pm and is preceded by a reception at 6 pm. Tickets cost $10 for Whaling Museum members and $15 for non-members. To register call 508-997-0046 ext. 100 or visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Benjamin Haskell will discuss the 45-year-old marine sanctuary system, in particular the 25-year-old Stellwagen Bank and research projects that are providing crucial information about the species that live there.

Jenni Stanley will talk about using remote hydrophone recorders to listen to fish and whales, and human-made sounds in four national marine sanctuaries: Stellwagen Bank, Gray’s Reef, Florida Keys, and Flower Garden Banks. Stanley’s eavesdropping has led to some surprising and not-so-surprising discoveries.

Michelle Bachman’s presentation focuses on a group of ocean areas closed by NEFMC in order to protect 28 different species from trawling, dredging, and other fishing activities. Bachman will discuss, in particular, a new mosaic of closures along the Eastern Seaboard aimed at protecting deep-sea corals, creatures that are vital to the sea’s web of life and yet extremely vulnerable to human disturbances.

Media  contact:
Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m;  January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.