Right Whales, Wrong Shipping Lane: Feds Shift Ship Lane in Defense of Whales

August 26, 2009
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Meet the Whale Guardians of Stellwagen on this episode of Ocean River Shields of Achilles. For Right Whales feeding on Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary life became safer thanks to government actions that followed a close look at the data from whale watchers. Superintendent Craig D. MacDonald, Ph.D.; Benjamin D. Cowie-Haskell, Assistant Superintendent; David Wiley, Ph.D., Research Coordinator; and Nathalie Ward, Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator talk with Rob Moir about what led the federal government to move the shipping channel into Boston, changed the charts, for the sake of right whale. Right whales are just one of many magnificent marine animals that inhabit Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Discover what further actions are being taken and what you can do to better protect right whales and marine life off Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays.

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With the knowledge of Carson and the courage of Achilles, individuals are steadfastly going the distance to defend wildlife and ecosystems from assaults of environmental degradations and destructions. Join environmental studies scientist Dr. Rob Moir for lively dialogue and revealing narrative inquiry into how individuals are overcoming the obstacles turning forlorn hope into effective actions for oceans, rivers, watersheds, wildlife and ecosystems. Discover how listening to individuals, thinking locally, and acting in concert with other, you can act to save ecosystems. Got environmental stewardship? Become an Eco-steward. Act to bring about a greener and blue Planet Earth.

Rob Moir

Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

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