Atlantic Menhaden Overfished and a New Documentary Film: Shored Up

October 12, 2011
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Jud Crawford, Ph.D. of the Pew Environment Group introduces a plankton-eating fish that is forage food for fish, birds and marine mammals. The Atlantic menhaden have been called the most valuable fish in the sea. The ecology of menhaden is described and a new initiative to restore menhaden by increasing the number left in the ocean and for finally taking into account the needs of menhaden predators. And so Castles Made of Sand Fall into the Sea, eventually… (Jimi Hendrix) Ben Kalina introduces his new documentary film, Shored UP. Ben experiences life on a barrier beach by spending a hurricane on Long Beach Island, NJ when all have left except for rescue personnel. Ben describes beach life on Long Beach New York where surfers arrive be subway. Shored Up is a feature documentary about our disappearing coasts and our irrational yet romantic urge to live on the edge of a sea that surges with unimaginable power.

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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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