“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 April 26 with “Underwater Yellowstones.” Experts will explore marine sanctuaries off the coast and their associated benefits and challenges for fish, whales, scientists and humans. “Underwater Yellowstones” speakers are Benjamin Haskell, acting superintendent of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA ; Jenni Stanley, marine scientist with Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA; and Michelle Bachman, habitat coordinator for New England Fishery Management Council.
The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a reception at 6. Tickets are $10 for mseum members and $15 for nonmembers. To register call (508) 997-0046 (ext. 100) or visit whalingmuseum.org.
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.
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.
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.