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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, Febuary 19th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Mass Oyster Project
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Read the article in the upcoming newsletter!

The Massachusetts Oyster Project is working on an exciting effort to return Massachusetts marine estuaries to their historic natures through the restoration of once native oysters. "Through shell recycling and oyster placements, we can improve water quality while attracting other sea life including crabs, eel grass, shrimp, bluefish and striped bass."

Each oyster can filter 30 gallons of water per day. An oyster reef can shelter up to 100 other species so they dramatically add to biodiversity. Oysters also sequester nitrogen in wastewater and each person creates 12 pounds per year. Oyster shells contain calcium carbonate a known buffer that can help offset ocean acidification.

MOP has shown that oysters can survive and grow in Boston Harbor and are now seeking to optimize placements to maximize survival and eventually show reproduction.

Andrew Jay was part of the founding group of the Mass Oyster Project a group dedicated to supporting oyster restoration around the Commonwealth. He lives in Charlestown and is a father of two boys.

http://www.massoyster.org/


Wednesday, March 12th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Behind the Scenes Tour at the Aquarium - Members only event
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This is a NEADC Members only event, and RSVP is required. Please email Joy at programs@neadc.org to let her know if you are attending


Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Les Kaufman - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: Recreational Divers as Key And Knowing Witnesses to Global Weirdness
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Climate change, overfishing, and pollution have placed the ocean under siege, but much of the recreational dive industry is in total denial. Rather than dwell on the obvious downers, Les will highlight the ocean's extraordinary resilience with examples from the tropical Pacific and Caribbean, reveal startling new discoveries from Brazil, and task the NEADC with a mission of outreach and healing in concert with their host institution's pioneering efforts around the world.

Dr. Les Kaufman is Professor of Biology in the Boston University Marine Program, Research Scholar at The New England Aquarium, and Marine Conservation Fellow with Conservation International. He is a naturalist by avocation and a marine biologist professionally, with interests in evolution, community ecology, conservation, and fisheries. Les works mostly on coral reefs and great lakes, and the ways they respond to climate change and local human impacts. Known for humorous and richly illustrated but hard-hitting public lectures, he also writes popular books, magazine articles and television such as for NOVA and National Geographic, and appears frequently in the media. He enjoys teaching field courses in Massachusetts and Belize for the BU Marine Program, as well as core interdisciplinary courses for BU’s Kilachand Honors College. An avid diver for nearly 40 years, Les has worked underwater from Newfoundland to Brazil and Indonesia to the Grenadines, including several stints in US saturation habitats, and currently chairs Boston University’s Dive Control Board.

Les’ research is about the development of a new science of coupled human and natural systems. He studies social-ecological systems as far flung as Massachusetts Bay, coastal Brazil, Lake Victoria East Africa, and the Great Lake Tonle Sap in Cambodia. He has been working in the Mass Bay—Stellwagen Bank area for 31 years, mostly related to biodiversity, fish biology, food web dynamics and fisheries science. Les recently led the largest ever, global social and natural science study of tropical marine management areas (see products at http://www.science2action.org/). He currently leads a team creating a computational dynamic model of ecosystem service trade-offs, and a management decision tool based on it, to assist implementation of the Massachusetts Oceans Act of 2008. His present diving-based projects include a study of coral recovery dynamics in Florida and Belize, and climate change impacts on the reefs of coastal Brazil. At home in Massachusetts, Les enjoys collaborative research with fishermen and local coastal stakeholders.

Les’ wife Jackie Liederman is a beloved Professor of Psychology at BU and they have a grown son Justin who works in the software industry with a special interest in new tools for disabled access to information technology. Les was awarded the first Pew Fellowship for marine conservation in 1990, and the 2011 Parker-Gentry Award for Conservation Biology from the Chicago Field Museum. Whenever possible Les is outdoors fishing, hiking, bird-watching, or diving. Full-time at NEAq from 1983-1994, Les is still an active member of the New England Aquarium staff. Most recently, he assisted with renovation of the Giant Ocean Tank, where he is occasionally sighted testing toys and tormenting turtles


Wednesday, May 21th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Ted Maney The new REEF invertabrate ID program.
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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
TBA
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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Bob Michelson: New England Fish ID
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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..


Social Hour Before the General Meeting

Join us at The Times Irish Pub & Restaurant prior to our next General Meeting at 5:30-6:30pm for drinks, appetizers, dinner or to just say hi. The Times is located at:

112 Broad Street
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.

Hope to see you there!

The location is determined by the board earlier that day. Watch the website, Facebook or twitter for updates!

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Officer meeting

First Wednesday of every month
Location: Varies

We've recently changed the format of the monthly business meeting. It is now primarily, where the club 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 still 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.

 



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