NEADC 40th Anniversary Party

November 6, 2015 at the New England Aquarium

Tickets are: $55 online and $75 at the door.

**Special $5 discount if you buy at one of our meetings or events**

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Anna Krowczynska
Anna Krowczynska

1953 - 2014
Longtime board member and aquarium volunteer... She will be missed

Upcoming Meetings
Speaker schedule subject to change without notice

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015, 6:30 pm.
New England fish and Shellfish regulartions for divers with Vin Malkoski
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Vin Malkoski will detail the fishing regulations as they relate to divers. Learn what you can and can't hunt for underwater - from the expert! If you have any questions before getting that lobster licence for this year, this is the meeting to attend!

Vincent Malkoski is a Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. Current duties include horseshoe crab management and research, ghost gear studies, PCB fisheries monitoring, and scientific diving. Relative to his presentation discussion, Vin has been a New England diver for 35 years and an active diving instructor for 27 years. A member of the Boston Sea Rovers and the Board of Directors of the Bay State Council, Vin has produced and assisted in the development of several guides for divers diving in Massachusetts and harvesting local seafood, particularly the prized American lobster.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015, 6:30 pm.
New England Fish and Invertebrate ID - Ted Maney
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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, 6:30 pm.
Diving in the Philippines with Andy Martinez
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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

Earth Day Irony: Ocean Habitat Faces Threat of Destruction

Reprinted from CLF's website

This Earth Day, the spectacular underwater ecosystem known as Cashes Ledge faces the threat of destruction. Take action now to protect Cashes Ledge. Located in the Gulf of Maine, only about 80 miles from the coast, Cashes Ledge is a remarkable and irreplaceable ocean habitat.

A governmental body known as the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) is entrusted with protecting habitats for fish in our region. But they have betrayed the public trust by moving forward with a draft plan to open much of Cashes Ledge to bottom trawling and other destructive forms of fishing. They are voting at their April meeting – timed to take place over Earth Day – on whether to finalize their dangerous recommendation!

In recent months, more than 152,000 comments were submitted to the Council about their draft plan, including many expressing strong support for maintaining protection of Cashes Ledge. The Council has so far been deaf to the public outcry – but we’re not going to let them ruin this unique and sensitive ecosystem.

Here’s our next move: CLF is continuing to reach out to John Bullard, who is the Northeast Regional Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Mr. Bullard can put positive pressure on the Council at their meeting next week. And after the meeting, it is NOAA that will decide whether to move forward with the Council’s recommendations.

In January 2015, after hearing from thousands of CLF supporters, Mr. Bullard came out in favor of protections for Cashes Ledge. And he reiterated this stand in a letter to the Council issued this week. We believe he is open to doing the right thing in protecting this vital New England ocean habitat. But we need him to stand strong as next week’s meeting approaches and the decision-making process moves forward. Send John Bullard a message today: Tell him to protect Cashes Ledge this Earth Day and beyond.

Cashes Ledge is an irreplaceable ocean habitat. It boasts the deepest cold water kelp forest in the Gulf of Maine and possibly the North Atlantic and has a rich array of wildlife, including sea anemones, sea stars, and bright orange, red, yellow and blue sponges. Atlantic bluefin tuna can be found pursuing herring here, and humpback and North Atlantic right whales often stop off to feed on the abundant supply of plankton. As Earth Day approaches, take action to protect Cashes Ledge now.

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Recreational SCUBA Use Survey

A study is being conducted by the Northeast Regional Planning Body (RPB) This survey is being conducted to help understand and characterize ocean use in the U.S. Northeast region.

The survey is an effort to find out where, when, and how people recreate along the coast and in the ocean from Maine to New York as part of the Northeast ocean planning effort.  One key component of this study is characterizing the spatial footprint of recreational SCUBA diving in the Northeast. This study is specifically targeting members of the SCUBA diving community who can identify areas in the ocean that are important to SCUBA divers in area using an online survey.   

The survey can be accessed via the registration page located here:  http://vp.point97.io/register/seaplan/scuba-survey/ and the survey will be live through early May.

This survey uses a custom mapping application developed with input from SCUBA diving industry leaders and asks participants to map and ask questions about dive areas they are familiar with.  In order to protect sensitive locations, we will use a data processing methodology that will generalize locations so as not to disclose exact spatial information.

For more information on the project, please visit http://www.seaplan.org/wp-content/uploads/SCUBA-Invitation-Letter.pdf . and http://neoceanplanning.org/public-comment/ for the page on the main website.


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