Mark your calendars for the most exciting evening September 15th at the New England Aquarium. Cocktails around the Great Ocean Tank, dinner with food by renown chef Ming Tsai and dancing at the most beautiful of Boston’s water front venues, the Harbor View Terrace Pavilion. Be part of the celebration as the New England Aquarium begins its transformation of the Great Ocean Tank.
This Weekend! Don’t Miss Out! Wrecking Ball event to celebrate the renovations of the Great Ocean Tank at NEAq
The New England Aquarium and other “informal science venues” such as zoos and other aquariums will be ready to educate visitors about the very complex topic of climate change thanks, in part, to a grant of 5.5 million dollars from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help The New England Aquarium, a leader in climate change research, communicate the science of climate change and its impact on marine ecosystems. http://news.neaq.org/2012/08/55-million-grant-for-climate-change.html
Heather Tausig, Associate Vice President of Conservation at the New England Aquarium, shared this special announcement with W2O and we are happy to pass it on to you!
The New England Aquarium’s Marine Conservation Action Fund will be hosting a special guest speaker at the Aquarium on August 21st. Mr. Didiher Chacon Chaverri, Director of the Latin American Programs for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), will discuss the sea turtle protection programs WIDECAST has spearheaded on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica, efforts that were supported by MCAF grants in 2011 and 2012. Mr. Chaverri will speak about the diverse methods WIDECAST uses to improve the plight of sea turtles, including, nightly patrols to protect sea turtle nests from poachers, rescue and rehabilitation of injured turtles, and outreach and education programs for local communities. He will also speak about volunteer opportunities available through WIDECAST to do hands-on sea turtle conservation work in Costa Rica.
The New England Aquarium is honored to host Mr. Chaverri and to share an inspiring example of the important conservation impact being made by MCAF grantees all over the world. We hope you will be able to join us for his talk at 7pm on August 21st at the Aquarium’s Harborside Learning Lab. The web-link to RSVP for this event can be found on the Aquarium’s “Lecture Series” page: http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/programs_and_classes/aquarium_lecture_series/index.php.
On July 31st, W2O co sponsored an event at Harvard called Living Light that featured Sylvia Earle, Explorer in Residence at National Geographic, along with Professor of Natural Science and bioluminescence expert, J. Woody Hastings and featuring a dance performance by Kirstin McArdle Dance company.
Ms. Earle spoke eloquently about her mission to increase awareness about the plight of our ocean and told a wonderful story about reminding the folks at Google Earth to include the Oceans in their website. She described committing the faux pas of calling the site “Google Dirt” http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/02/090202-google-oceans-missions.html and as a result of her comments, she was enlisted to help with the creation of Google Ocean. Knowledge and passion speaks volumes when recruiting ocean stewards. Her passion and wisdom inspires us to continue to fight for healthy oceans.
This event, co-sponsored by W2O along with our friends at Pleiades and Harvard University will highlight the beauty and importance of bioluminescence and conservation. Dr. Sylvia Earle, explorer in residence, National Geographic and Mission Blue Foundation for the protection of marine areas around the globe, will join scientists, artist and dancers for an evening of education and wonder. Join us on July 31st at 6pm. Seating is limited, so hurry!
Here in M.A. we are blessed to live near the ocean and we enjoy and depend upon it as a gift of food and recreation. That is why the difficult conversation about pollution should be on every residents lips this week. And, of course, one of the biggest culprits of pollution here in M.A. and across the country is single use plastic. It is difficult to change our habits regarding this problem but there is one solution that I think we can all agree on-carrying reusable bags to the grocery store.
Massachusetts has the opportunity to join countries around the world in reducing plastics that pollute our oceans and are ingested by the fish and wildlife that we eat. Join us by taking action and spreading the word about the Massachusetts Plastic Bag Reduction Bill (http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H01990 and http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S00353).
If passed, Massachusetts would be the first state in the United States to pass a bill that takes a strong stand and spreads an important message about this crucial topic that effects people around the globe, including all of us right here in Massachusetts.
- REFUSE (the fourth “R” of Reuse, Recycle, Reduce) purchasing and using single use plastics
- Become a member of W2O by signing up on our website: womenworkingforoceans.org
- Write to your legislator and tell her or him how important the Mass. Plastic Bag Reduction is to you and why.
To find your legislator: http://www.malegislature.gov/people/findmylegislator and type in your town’s name.
Here is a sample letter for your use:
Dear Representative ,
I am writing to you today in support of Representative Lori Ehlrich’s (Marblehead) initiative of the Massachusetts Plastic Bag Reduction Bill: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H01990 and http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/Senate/S00353
As a constituent of __________, I am increasingly concerned about the amount of single use plastic that clogs our waterways, streams, finally collecting in our oceans, polluting our marine life and ingested by the seafood that we serve our families. As a Massachusetts resident, I am concerned about the impact of single use plastic on our ocean economy of fisheries, tourism, recreational water sports, and ocean transport systems. Like many countries and communities around the world, we can reduce the plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans and food by using reusable non plastic grocery bags. Please support the Massachusetts Plastic Bag Reduction Bill.
Please include your contact details including your address.
Last week, we had the most incredible experience at Aka Bistro in believe-it-or-not Lincoln, MA! We had a chance to talk with the chef/owners, and we were so excited to hear they are completely committed to serving sustainable seafood! Plus, they are totally committed to serving locally grown produce. There was a very cool buzz in the room about eating to preserve our environment. I had mussels steamed in white wine. We also devoured sauteed rainbow trout amandine. YUM! Oh…right and we shared a delicous bottle of wine! For a suburban restaurant, Aka was cozy and funky– a great space to dine!
Ocean Soul Lecture
Thursday, November 17
Book signing at 5:00 p.m.
Lecture in Simons IMAX Theatre at 6:30 p.m.
The Boston Globe hired the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph to test the DNA of fish to determine their species. Search results from individual stores and restaurants. Search your local stores and restaurants here.
On October 4, 2011 – Dartmouth College students in the ENVS 17: Marine Policy class journeyed to the New England Aquarium in order to observe the ecological systems they read about for class and to interact with oceans experts from many different fields. They were lucky to be able to join the group Women Working for the Oceans (W2O) for an IMAX presentation by National Geographic photo-journalist Brian Skerry.
As part of the learning process, students were required to write a short essay on what they learned from the visit related to either oceans ecosystems or sustainable seafood. Their essays along with pictures from the day are posted here.