Sturgeon, Ocean Wanderers in the Danube River and the East China Sea

May 26, 2010
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Episode Description

Discover the life of sturgeon around the world. Hear how people are working to better know and save these ancient long-lived fish. Dr Boyd Kynard returns as my guest with tales of sturgeon and other migratory fish beyond New England. Dr Kynard built and operates the Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center in Amherst, MA. He has developed remarkable telemetry tracking devices that are documenting and unlocking the secrets of fish behaviors. Scientists from around the world come to the Amherst lab to learn the research tools for migratory fish back home. Known as the migratory fish missionary, Dr Kynard transported tons of research equipment aboard a ship that traveled through the Bosporus Straits, over the Black Sea to the Danube River where seven species of sturgeon dwell. He established a fish laboratory in Romania and also established a migratory fish lab in China, downriver of the Three Gorges Dam.

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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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