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Upcoming Meetings
Speaker schedule subject to change without notice

July 18, 2018, 6:30 pm.
Janna Nichols - REEF: Surveying outside the Northeast
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Jana Nichols

Janna is REEF's Citizen Science Program Manager, working extensively with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project throughout the world. She coordinates REEF's social media and was also the creator of the popular REEF Fishinar (online webinar) program. Although Janna officially joined REEF staff in 2010, she has been conducting surveys, teaching fish ID classes and giving REEF presentations as a volunteer since 2000, and is based in the Pacific Northwest.

Being passionate about underwater photography and marine life identification, many of her photos appear in west coast marine life ID guides, publications, and online resources. Her efforts were integral to the design and photography on REEF's many laminated fish identification cards. She has personally completed over 1,200 REEF surveys and is an expert level REEF surveyor in the Pacific Coast, Hawaii and Tropical Western Atlantic regions. She leads REEF's Pacific Coast Advanced Assessment Team (AAT).

She has been a PADI scuba instructor, an AAUS scientific diver and Dive Safety Officer. In 2003, she received REEF's Volunteer of the Year award, in 2013 she received Dive News Network's Diver of the Year Award, and in 2015 she received the Golden Hamlet award (1000 surveys) from REEF.

August 15, 2018, 6:30 pm.
Danielle Cholewiak - Trying to get by in a noisy world: the challenges facing marine animals in an era of ever-increasing sound pollution
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September 19th, 6:30 pm.
Special Event - Behind the Scenes Tour of the Aquarium
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October 17, 2018, 6:30 pm.
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy -
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General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at the New England Aquarium Conference Center (located on the first floor of the Harbor Garage). Click here for directions

At each general meeting there will be the monthly drawing for a chance to have a hands on aquarium experience.

For directions and more info about all our meetings, visit our Club Meetings Page

Pre-Meeting Social

Join us before the general meeting tonight at Broadside from 5:30-6:30pm for drinks, appetizers, dinner or to just say hi..

Broadside is located at: 99 Broad St, Boston, MA 02110

These get-togethers are meant to help answer questions and talk with new or less active members. We’ll tell you about the latest club news and hear about your interests in diving.

If you are an active member, please come out and help us greet people.

There will be a sign on the table for the Dive Club (usually one of the larger tables is reserved for us) hope to see you there!

View Broadside on a map of the area

Great Annual Fish Count

GAFC LogoJoin us for the 17th Annual Great Annual Fish Count! on July 21st! We had a great turnout for last year's event, and we want to make the this year's even better!

Each year, the New England divers turn out in record numbers to help researchers by surveying fish populations, and you can help count fish and win prizes! This is done by identifying what marine life you see on a dive. After the dive, we gather at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, for raffle prizes and a BBQ!

Visit the event page, or download the flyer.

Register Now!

What is the GAFC?

Women Divers Day Event

Whether you love diving, snorkeling, the ocean or even know of someone who does...come share the passion ... July 21 at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, Ma from 8-12.

The Women's Dive Day Event is $15, and includes a raffle, a free T-shirt, silent auction and a BBQ! All proceeds benefit the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship. Learn more about the event at their facebook page.

Single Use Plastic Straws

After the June meeting's special presentation on the film Straws, we are trying to raise awareness of the wastefullness of single-use plastic straws, and will provide a resource to find out more information and list those restraunts that have started to only give out the straws upon request.

More info will be posted soon on the environmental page, but in the meantime, check out these links for more information:

Spread the word, download and print 'Please Serve Straws Upon Request' Cards (10MB PDF) to leave with your bill at restaurants and bars and a 2-Sided Bi-Lingual Flyer (1MB PDF) to educate the masses in your community, school, public events, and travels!

Behind the Scenes Tour

The Behind the Scenes tour originally planned for March has been postponed to September, and will be held instead of the General Meeting that Month.

We ask that everyone who has previously signed up, please do so again for the new date.

The September general meeting will be the a special behind the scenes tour of the aquarium! This is a members only event, and space is liminted. NOTE: There will not be a public meeting this month

Each year we are lucky to have a unique experience as the Aquarium opens to just us! Join us for tours of some of the galleries, learn about some of the new exhibits and see parts of the aquarium that the public does not have access to!

Due to limited space, this event does require pre-registration.

Please RSVP by visiting http://www.neadc.org/BTS.php if you will be attending.

Exhibition at Harvard Museum of Natural History

Exhibition to Open June 30, 2018 at Harvard Museum of Natural History: Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep

Glowing under black lights, California artist Lily Simonson’s luminescent paintings embody a synergy between art and science that reveals new ways of seeing and understanding life forms in the deep ocean.

“Being in the deep sea feels like being inside of a painting,” says Simonson, who embedded as Artist-in-Residence on three different oceanographic expeditions in the past two years, descending in the three-person research submarine Alvin. “The light, creatures, and space are so sublime and uncanny.”

Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep presents six original mural-sized paintings that literally glow with luminescent pigments and together create an immersive visual experience in which light and color materialize out of a sea of darkness, giving form to a hidden alien universe. Through her extraordinary art, Simonson envelops us in this astonishing world, invites us to share in the excitement of exploration and discovery, and challenges our preconceptions of what it is to be alive.

Simonson’s work is inspired by explorations of deep-ocean life made in collaboration with Harvard University professor Peter Girguis. “Having Lily at sea, painting the creatures and the landscapes we study, is always an eye-opening experience,” says Girguis, head of the Girguis Laboratory in Harvard’s Department of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology. “Her art captures aspects and qualities that I don’t see in my photographs, or through my own eyes for that matter. It’s like seeing the deep sea—a world I’ve studied for over two decades—for the first time all over again."

Simonson’s art reflects a passion for the process of science, deep affection for the natural world, and dedication to seeking out and “bringing to light,” the beauty and mystery of places and life forms little known and rarely seen.

The exhibition opens on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, and will remain open through May 30, 2019. For more info, please visit their website

New England Diving Events calendar

SECONN Divers General Meeting (07/10)
SECONN Divers website

Metrowest Dive Club Meeting (07/17)
Speaker: Paul Young - Diving in Madagascar
Metrowest Dive Club website

Old Colony Anphibians Club Meeting (07/19)
Old Colony Anphibians website

North Shore Frogmen Meeting (07/19)
NSF Club - Antarctica Presentation
North Shore Frogmen Website

United Divers of Central Mass (07/19)
Speaker: Karen & Jim - Little Cayman
UDCM Website

NEADC's Great Annual Fish Count (07/ 21)
View the flyer for the 2018 event

Underwater Photography Exhibit & Reception (07/21)
The Rocky Neck Art Colony presents Underwater Photography from New England and around the World, presented by Undersea Divers Photo Society members: Andrea Dec, Steven Coffill, Ellen Garvey, Mike Garvey, Andrew Martinez, Alan Presser, and Stephen Setzer
The exhibit runs from July 19 to August 13 with a reception on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA
Rocky Neck Art Colony Website

South Shore Neptunes Meeting (07/24)
South Shore Neptunes Website

Seeing Deeper into the World of Sharks (07/26)
Presented by Dr. Greg Skomal, the marine biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy

United Divers of NH Summer Picnic (07/28)
BBQ, Snorkel/diving, show and tell, and metal detector demos
UDNH Website

South Shore Neptunes Meeting (08/07)
South Shore Neptunes Website

SEConn Divers General Meeting (08/14)
SECONN Divers Website

United Divers of Central Mass Meeting (08/16)
Guest Speaker: Frank Miller Dominican Republic
UDCM Website

South Shore Neptunes Meeting (08/21)
Guest Speaker: John Stellar - Diving ancient Shipwrecks of Greece
South Shore Neptunes Website

Tropical Fish Rescue (09/15)
Fish Rescue Page
View the 2018 event flyer

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