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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Catherine Chan-Tse - TBA
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Aquarius ReefBaseThe Aquarius Reef Base is an underwater habitat located 5.4 miles off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It is deployed on the ocean floor 62 feet below the surface and next to a deep coral reef named Conch Reef.

The laboratory is most often used by marine biologists for whom Aquarius acts as home base as they study the coral reef. The habitat accommodates four scientists and two technicians for missions averaging ten days. While at the base, they utilize a technique technique known as saturation diving to live and work underwater for days or weeks at a time.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Andrew Martinez -Marine Life of the the North Atlantic - 5th edition
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Marine Life of the North Atlantic Andrew's presentation will be about a 5th edition of his book Marine Life of the North Atlantic. This version of the book is in a new form that divers will find very useful. There are hundreds of more photos showing many animal behaviors. He will be demonstrating how to use it.

Andy Martinez specializes in images of the natural world. He has traveled and photographed in many of the world's beautiful tropical islands. As a lifelong resident of New England he has compiled one of the largest files of images of marine life behavior from New England and Eastern Canadian.Marine Life of the North Atlantic His book Marine Life of the North Atlantic is considered the best guide to this region. His latest book, Pier at the end of the World has won an award for children's nature books.

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017, 7:00 pm.
Members Only: Behind the scenes at the Aquarium
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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Les Kaufman - Protecting the Caribbean
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The Caribbean is a global biodiversity hotspot, but it is also among the most threatened regions of the world in terms of its endemic species and coral reefs. A gorgeous and startling array of creatures occupying land, rivers and ocean are teetering on the edge of extinction. A community of stalwart conservationists is determined to change this picture, and help the region move into a nature-rich and more positive future. Learn about the specific challenges this area is experiencing and be inspired by innovative solutions that are being tried right now. Our focus will be on the jcoral reefs of Belize, but with a sprinkling of supportive examples from Jamaica, Cuba, and Florida as well.

Les Kaufman, Professor in the Boston University Marine Program, is an evolutionary ecologist who studies basic processes that drive the creation, collapse, and conservation of aquatic species diversity on coral reefs and tropical great lakes. His interests are increasingly turned toward clinical research on the dynamics of human-natural coupled systems, to create supporting science for global sustainability and climate change adaptation. In addition to being a member of the BU faculty, Kaufman is Senior Marine Scientist for Conservation International, a Research Scholar with The New England Aquarium and Associate in Ichthyology, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. He serves on the Science and Statistics Committee for the New England Fishery Management Council, and is working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colleagues to modernize federal ocean science. Les Kaufman also writes popular books, magazine articles and television, including multiple stints as either author or subject with NOVA and National Geographic. He was awarded the first marine Pew Fellowship in 1990, was selected to receive the Parker-Gentry Award in Conservation Biology for 2011 from the Chicago Field Museum.

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

Every month a lucky dive club member gets to dive in the NEAq's Giant Ocean Tank.

Social Hour Before the General Meeting

Join us at a local restraunt before the next General Meeting. Anytime after 5:30 and there should be a few members hanging around. Stop by for drinks, appetizers, dinner, or just to say hi.

We will pick the location a day or two before the meeting, and post it on Facebook, and on the website home page

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.

Hope to see you there!

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Officer meeting

First Wednesday of every month
Location: Varies

Every month there is also a meeting where the officers discuss club issues. It is held at a different place each month, usually at a member's house, restaurant or other informal setting.

It is open to the membership, and is the perfect opportunity to bring up issues directly to the board. if you would like to attend, ask an officer and they'll let you know the location for that month.