2018 Lecture Series: Where the Land Meets the Sea

Working to Restore and Maintain Ocean Health and Marine Wildlife

Thursday, April 26 

SPRING LECTURE  Underwater Yellowstones: Marine Sanctuaries Off Our Coast and Associated Benefits and Challenges for Fish, Whales, Scientists, and Humans


Where the Land Meets the Sea FLYER (pdf)

Benjamin Haskell, Acting Superintendent, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA
Ben discussed 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, Marine Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA
Using remote hydrophone recorders, Jenni listens to fish and whales, and human-made sounds in four national marine sanctuaries: Stellwagen Bank, Gray’s Reef, Florida Keys, and Flower Garden Banks. Her eavesdropping has led to some surprising and not-so-surprising discoveries.

Michelle Bachman, Habitat Coordinator, New England Fishery Management Council
There’s another type of protected ocean area off New England. NEFMC designates closed areas in order to protect 28 different species from trawling, dredging, and other fishing activities. Michelle discussed, 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.

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Banner Captions: (left image) Primnoa corals and anemones. Corals and anemones were observed at Western Jordan Basin by the Kraken 2 ROV in 2014. Credit: Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team 2014/NURTEC-UConn/NOAA Fisheries/UMaine. (right image) A map of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.