MYSTIC AQUARIUM’S CONSERVATION IN ACTION SERIES TAKES ON
THE FUTURE OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
Featuring the Debut of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s Blue Beacon Series
Mystic, Conn. (December 5, 2018): On Tuesday, December 11, Mystic Aquarium continues its popular Conservation in Action Series with “The Future of Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Climate”, which will address the future of marine protected areas with a panel discussion featuring prominent researchers with a unique perspective. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30pm at Mystic Aquarium.
Climate change is one of the most significant threats facing our ocean. Marine protected areas (MPA) are one of the primary ways to protect marine biodiversity, but these special places and the species that call them home are increasingly impacted by climate change.
The panel will be moderated by Ms. Kris Sarri, President and CEO, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. The panelists, Dr. Peter J. Auster, Senior Research Scientist, Mystic Aquarium, Dr. Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Dr. Tracey Dalton, Professor of Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, will provide a unique view into local efforts to strengthen marine protected areas. Discussions will center on the role of MPAs in better understanding how to mitigate the threats of climate change, as well as how the changing climate is impacting the ocean.
This special presentation of Conservation in Action debuts the Blue Beacon Series. Hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Blue Beacon Series brings together scientists, conservationists, and opinion leaders to discuss the biggest challenges facing the ocean, coasts and Great Lakes. While often the hardest to see, the goal of the Series is not only bring to light these big challenges but also what we can do to make an impact. The Blue Beacon Series includes panels, lectures, and film screenings that build on the momentum of Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the nation’s premier policy conference on ocean and Great Lakes issues.
A reception with light refreshments and a cash bar will follow the Conservation in Action event. Registration is free but reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting the event page of MysticAquarium.org.
Mystic Aquarium’s Conservation in Action series features guest speakers who share their experiences with and contributions to the conservation of our ocean planet.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.
About the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, established in 2000, is the official non-profit partner of the National Marine Sanctuary System. The Foundation directly supports America’s national marine sanctuaries through our mission to protect species, conserve ecosystems, and preserve America’s maritime heritage through on-the-water conservation projects, public education and outreach programs, and scientific research and exploration.
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