Six Fish and a Whale for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

May 30, 2013
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Rob’s guest is Radio Host, Actress and Singer, Christine Larkin. Christine reports on ocean life and storm changes to Long Island. In a reversal of roles, Christine interviews Rob about 7 animals of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Cod and stockfish brought people long ago to Stellwagen. Declining cod stocks in 1639 alarmed the Pilgrims to pass a law protecting cod. It has been downhill for cod since 1620, until 2008 when a natural phenomenon on Stellwagen misled scientists to overestimate cod numbers. Rob describes what makes tuna a Boston Bluefin commanding high market prices, bubble netting by humpback whales, redfish of muddy bottom, haddock of gravel bottoms, goosefish or monkfish of sandy bottoms and the wolffish of boulder reefs. Christine and Rob suggest what one can do to save marine life and enjoy a more vibrant Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. For more information visit Ocean River

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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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Pam Lyons Gromen

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Howard Krum

Howard is Communications/Outreach Manager for the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership. His primary responsibility is the development and administration of the overall MOP Strategic Communications Plan. He works closely with the Strategic Communications/Outreach Committee, including RFP development; manage media communication/relations in coordination with the Executive Director; prepare and deliver presentations; draft press releases and op-eds; assist in report preparation; and, assist in expanding the partnership in number and diversity. Trained as a marine biologist (MS in fish physiology, Southern Illinois U), aquatic animal veterinarian (veterinary medicine degree, U Penn), and science communicator (MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins), Howard has worked at several ocean institutions including NE Aquarium, National Aquarium, Georgia Aquarium, and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where he helped to develop comprehensive communications and outreach programs. View Guest page

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Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, J.D.

Tina Kuckkahn-Miller, J.D. (Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe) is Longhouse Director at Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. Tina has served as the founding director of the Longhouse since 1996, when the Longhouse’s public service work first began with the launch of the Native Economic Development Arts Initiative, with funding from the Northwest Area Foundation. View Guest page

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Boyd Kynard

Boyd Kynard was born in Mississippi, MS from MS State and PhD in Fisheries UW, Seattle, where he studied three-spine sticklebacks; Studied desert pupfish in AZ and Mexico; Started the fisheries program at the UA, Tucson. In 1978 moved to U Mass Amherst; Studies migratory fish life history and fish passage in the CT and Merrimack Rivers, focus on American shad and shortnose sturgeon. Efforts to build a research lab for migratory fish on the CT resulted in the Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center. He has studied all species in North America & 4 foreign species: 3 Asia, 1Russia. He assisted with research on migratory fish and fish passage at hydroelectric dams in big rivers in China (Yangtze R), Brazil (Sao Francisco & Madeira R, a headwater trib. Amazon) & Danube R in Romania. Assisted the 3 countries to build migratory fish laboratories. Retired from the USDept of Interior (USGS) in 2007 and has a private business, BK-Riverfish. View Guest page

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Tom Lalley

Tom Lalley is the communications director for the EDF Oceans program which focuses primarily on improving the management of fishing. Prior to EDF, he worked at World Wildlife Fund for more than six years as the director of program marketing and the director of media relations. His background includes reporting for public radio stations in California, Washington, D.C., Albany, New York and Denver. His stories aired regularly on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Living on Earth. In 1997, he received an Associated Press award for exposing an illegal toxic waste dump in the Adirondack State Park. Tom was also the first reporter in the national broadcast media to cover the deregulation of the electric utility industry, which he did in a 6-part series for NPR. Before he came to WWF, Tom worked for Environmental Media Services directing media activities on biotechnology, natural resources and other issues. He graduated from Guilford College, a Quaker school in Greensboro, North Carolina, majoring in Religion. Tom lives in Washington, D.C. He is an avid bluegrass and rock musician, an ultimate Frisbee player and a voracious reader of natural history. View Guest page

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Christine Larkin

Christine Larkin works with Genesis Global Radio as a Host, Producer & Interviewer. Christine began a career as Voiceover Artist, Actress and Jazz Singer after many years on the business side of entertainment with companies such as HBO, MTV and CBS. She booked her first radio commercials as the voice of Fortunoff and went on to record for Sex & The City, Club Monaco and PBS, among other brands. She also enjoys acting in television, film, commercials, and video. Christine is also a singer with her band, Skylark. She got her start on the streets of Manhattan with American folk legend, Pete Seeger and The New York City Street Singers. They went on to perform at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center and Central Park Summer Stage. Christine’s repertoire includes American and jazz standards, popular songs and some originals, too. Whether accompanied by a full band or a single musician, it’s all about the song and inspiring her audience. View Guest page

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Amanda Leland

Amanda Leland is Environmental Defense Fund's National Policy Director for Oceans. She oversees a team of advocates in DC, CA, and FL, and leads all of EDF's federal ocean initiatives, including sustainable fisheries, habitat conservation, and ocean funding. She focuses on achieving ocean policies that are well-grounded in science and economics, and she builds support among diverse ocean stakeholders, policy-makers, and others for shared strategies for enhancing ocean stewardship. One of her major recent successes was her instrumental role in securing the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which protects some of the most pristine corals reefs in one of the largest protected areas in the world. Amanda has a Master's in Marine Biology from the University of Maine, where she studied sea urchin ecology and engaged fishermen in her research. She was previously the Ocean Policy Director for Ocean Policy Project, a coalition initiative of Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Ocean Conservancy (2004-2005). Before that, she was a Sea Grant Marine Policy Fellow for U.S. Representative Sam Farr (2003). The picture with crab and urchin was taken when Amanda was doing her master's research in Maine. View Guest page

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Craig D. MacDonald

Craig D. MacDonald, Ph.D.-- Superintendent, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; ext. 202; View Guest page

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Josephine Mandamin

Josephine Mandamin has walked around the five Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River along with her supporters. With the support of many people, and with financial assistance from many donations, they accomplished a great feat of awareness of the critical water shortage, political and spiritual issues around water for those whom they met along the walk. Women led the walk in demonstration of the important role women play in the protection of the waters. In her great love for the water, Josephine speaks about that connection. She shares how her vision came to be what it is today and what it will mean to the future. Josephine has pledged her life to the environment and always emphasizes the importance of the protection of the water View Guest page

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Shesha Manning

Charles Mayo

Charles “Stormy” Mayo is co-founder of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, senior scientist and director of the Right Whale Habitat Studies Program at PCCS. View Guest page

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Matthew McKenzie

Matthew McKenzie, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and American Studies Coordinator, University of Connecticut, Avery Point. He took his PhD in Maritime History from the U New Hampshire in 2003. As a PhD candidate, he worked with UNH’s Gulf of Maine Cod Project, an interdisciplinary team of historians and fisheries scientists exploring ecological change in the 19th century Scotian Shelf cod-fishery. In 2003, McKenzie began teaching Maritime Studies at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass., during which time he sailed offshore in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. At sea, he taught while also filling in as Assistant Engineer, deckhand, and science deck lackey. He came to UConn’s Avery Point campus in August, 2006, where his position as American Studies Program Coordinator has pulled his interests closer inshore. McKenzie's book is Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth Century Ecological and Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod (University Press of New England, 2011). View Guest page

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Alanna Mitchell

Alanna Mitchell is journalist who travels with ocean scientists and marine biologists to discover how we live with oceans and depend on marine life. With her clear-eyed immediacy she writes in the style of Rachel Carson, yet more personable. View Guest page

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Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell is a Coal Campaigner for Greenpeace USA, based out of Chicago, IL. She is part of Greenpeace's Quit Coal campaign - an ambitious effort to shut down some of America's oldest and dirtiest coal plants and expose corporate polluters poisoning our communities and corrupting our political system. Prior to taking on this role, Kelly worked as a grassroots organizer for Greenpeace, and helped manage and develop Greenpeace's national Field Organizing program. View Guest page

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William Moomaw

Dr. William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and has been the Director of the International Environment and Resource Policy Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, since 1992. In addition to his work at the Fletcher School, he is also Director of Tufts Institute of the Environment, which coordinates a variety of environmental programs in research, education, activism, outreach and service at all of Tufts University's varied schools and colleges. View Guest page

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Mark Musaus

Mark Musaus is former Refuge Manager of the Loxahatchee NWR.
An invasive plant, Old World climbing fern, is smothering about 72% of the Refuge. This tenacious vine with 100-foot-long tendrils kills plants by either blocking out light or by causing trees and other native plants to collapse under the weight. Because aerial spraying kills all plants, the climbing fern stems must be hand-cut. Then the lower portions are sprayed. Crews, brought to each island by air boat, often stand in nearly waist high water.
Climbing ferns are remarkably quick to release spores and propagate. So quick that the crew must return to the site for the next two years to fully eradicate the ferns. Five or six insects have been identified to eat Climbing ferns in their native soils. They are being researched to keep the ferns at bay provided they only chew on the invasive plant and not others. Water quality and the quantity of water flowing into the Everglades are issues no less pressing. View Guest page

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Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John and her husband Amazon John Easterling talk about their work to save the Amazon Rainforest. Olivia tells why this rainforest is so important for the planet. Amazon John has spent over 30 years there. He explains the remarkable health-giving properties of the Camu-camu fruit ( This indigenous fruit is harvested from shallow boats and is a source of income for local peoples. In addition, proceeds from sales benefit the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research ( . Besides the Amazon Herb Company, Olivia has opened the GAIA Retreat and Spa ( Olivia explains why she named it so and the healing properties one can experience there. Her newest CD is to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center ( Olivia and John conclude with suggestions on what we each can do for a greener planet. View Guest page

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Mark Nolan

“Marine” Mark – Banana Slug String Band Rhythm, lead & slide guitar, mandolin, fish lips and vocals Mark Nolan is a graduate of UC Davis with a BS in Zoology and a Secondary Science Teaching Credential and Administrative Credential from San Jose State. Mark taught as a Naturalist for twelve years, founded and directed the Pigeon Point Environmental Education Program, and served as the Executive Director for Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools. He is currently Director of San Mateo Outdoor Education, which provides hands-on environmental education for fifth and sixth graders. Mark is one of the original and active members of the Banana Slug String Band. The father of two children, Mark also likes gardening, cooking and reading books on natural history. View Guest page

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Randy Olson

Randy Olson is a scientist-turned filmmaker and faculty member in marine biology at USC. Most of his films draw on his science background, involve humor, and address major science issues such as the decline of the world's oceans, the controversy around the teaching of evolution versus intelligent design, and the attacks on global warming science. His works include a barnacle sex music video, “Barnacles Tell No Lies,” and the feature documentary, “Flock of Dodos: the evolution-intelligent design circus” “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy” premiers Oct 23 His company, Prairie Starfish Productions, is based at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. He is currently the Director of the Shifting Baselines Ocean Media Project View Guest page

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Rolf Olson

Rolf Olson is Refuge Manager of the Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach County, FL.
Collaborative management with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service working in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District has failed to eradicate the invasive climbing fern. The federal agency spends $2 million a year, with the state spending approximately the same amount in recent years. This is woefully inadequate. Water quality and the quantity of water flowing into the Everglades are issues no less pressing than is the spread of invasive plants. There is still work to be done by concerned advocates to save the Loxahatchee.
Home of the endangered Everglades Snail Kite, Wood Storks, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Deer, Bobcat, Peninsula Cooter and Florida Softshell, the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge is worthy of your attention. View Guest page

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Vicki Osis

Vicki Osis is a retired professor of Fisheries and Wildlife from Oregon State University and worked for 31 years as a Marine Education Specialist in the Oregon Sea Grant program. She developed the K-12 education program for the center and presented many workshops and training programs for K-12 teachers in Marine Science. Through OSU She developed and managed a Masters of Science program in Education with an emphasis in Marine Science for K-12 teachers. Vicki Osis participated in the first meeting of the National Marine Educators Association in Rhode Island. She has received national and state awards for her work in Marine Education. She currently is retired and for the past two years has taught an on-line climate change workshop for teachers. She lives on a small farm on the central Oregon coast with her husband Laimons. View Guest page

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Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer of Bethlehem, PA, worked as a dental assistant for 32 years. Working with dental mercury Karen thought she was taking all the proper precautions only to discover at great health costs that her office had failed to offer her adequate protection and she had 12 ¾ times acceptable exposure to mercury. Karen suffers from neurological damage, severe parasthesia, peripheral toxic neuropathy, loss of tendon reflex, and other symptoms of demyelination that are the hallmarks of progressive neurodegenerative autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue and memory loss. Disabled, Karen successfully fought Workman's Compensation in 2005 and was awarded full disability in 2006. Karen testified at FDA Hearings in 2006 and active in city & state legislations, OSHA Petition, and attended Congressional Hearings that involved the EPA, FDA and ADA. Karen is currently a Dental Amalgam Mercury Solutions coordinator and an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Mercury Free Dentistry. View Guest page

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Captain Patrick Paquette

Captain Patrick Paquette is a Recreational Fishing Advocate, Outdoor Writer, Charter Captain (USCG Master's License),Tournament Fisherman and is a past president of the 60 year old MA Striped Bass Association with over twenty five combined boat & shore tournament awards on his resume. Born in the city of Boston Massachusetts, Paquette was taught to fish by his father as a young child in the middle of the Striped Bass collapse. He mated on head boats and surf fished with brothers growing up. He is today an accomplished outdoor writer and has penned the Traveling Surfcaster Column for On the Water Magazine. Patrick has designed an exclusive "how to" seminar based solely on the species, equipment and techniques used to fish the waters of Massachusetts. He includes a range of information that promises to educate all anglers from the first time beginner to the seasoned veteran. View Guest page

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Piotr Parasiewicz

Piotr Parasiewicz, PhD (Natural Resources Management and Water Engineering, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna, Austria) directs the Rushing River Institute in Amherst MA. Renowned member of the River Management Society, Piotr developed the MesoHABSIM model, a multiscale approach to instream habitat modeling that surveys physical properties, biological and ecological river elements including fish community structure, diversity and population dynamics, assessment of ecological integrity and comprehensive river management. View Guest page

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Bliss Parsons

Bliss is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Her home is in Newbury MA on Plum Island. Bliss is still exploring her options for a major, but is interested in political science and theory, critical social thought, social justice, French, and most recently, environmental studies. She first heard about New England Climate summer through a friend who biked last year, Leila Quinn, in her a cappella group on campus. Bliss does not consider herself a avid biker or athlete, but thought the idea of traveling around New England in small groups of students her age spreading the word of the climate movement sounded like a great idea, because she has always cared deeply about the environment. This also gave her the stepping stone she needed to take on her first big role as an activist. View Guest page

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Noa Randall

Noa Randall graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts last spring. Noa is currently interning at the Ocean River Institute and will attend Smith College in the fall. Summer of 2013, Noa spent three weeks in California with the Sea Education Association Summer Program for High School Students. Ten days were aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans sailing ship and ten days were on the shores of Catalina Island at the USC Wrigley Institute. View Guest page

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Joanne Robertson

Joanne Robertson is Coordinator, Central Communications Post, Water Walk 2011. Joanne works for Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig in Sault Ste. Marie, ON Facebook: Water Walk 2011 “Ni guh Izhi chigay Nibi onji” - “I will do it for the water”. View Guest page

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Joe Rogers

Joe Rogers, M.S. is Geoscience Technician, GIS and Geospatial Imagery Specialist at the Rushing River Institute. Rushing Rivers' mission is to prevent further destruction of our powerful and beautiful riverscapes by raising public awareness and delivering leading edge, ecologically sound technology to conservationists and resource managers. About one third of freshwater fish species are already extinct or on the verge of extinction. They are disappearing five times faster than those on land. Habitat loss is the single greatest threat affecting 94% of fish species in the United States. View Guest page

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Laura Henze Russell

Laura Henze Russell has suffered for twenty years from mercury poisoning that vaporized from dental amalgam (silver cavity fillings) in her teeth. Laura describes regaining her health. She will present 3 articles at her town meeting in Sharon, MA. Laura’s goals are 1, to learn the health impacts and health disparities associated with mercury poisoning; 2, to reduce the hidden river of toxic mercury in people; and 3, improve general health & lower health care costs. Laura is directing the Hidden River SafeAMER project at the Ocean River Institute. The goal is to pass the state Safer Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals bill. This will set up a process where use of safer chemicals will be mandated. This is an entrepreneurial incentive that rewards the development of alternatives to toxic chemicals. By giving alternatives greater market share costs are brought down. Massachusetts can become a national incubator for less toxic, eco-friendly chemical compounds, “Safer Chemical Valley.” View Guest page

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Carl Safina

Carl Safina is president of Blue Ocean Institute, He has written five books—Song for the Blue Ocean; Eye of the Albatross: Visions of Hope and Survival; Voyage of the Turtle; Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue; The View from Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and due out in April, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout. Safina has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology from Rutgers University. While observing foraging terns for his doctoral degree, he noticed declines in creatures that shared the terns’ realm–striped bass, tuna, marlin, sharks, and other fish, as well as sea turtles. Carl Safina lives in Amagansett, on Long Island, with Patricia Paladines and her daughter Alexandra. They have several pets, including a rescue dog, a king snake, a rose-haired tarantula, a rabbit, and a goldfish. Safina’s leisure activities take him outdoors; besides fishing, he enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, clamming, kayaking, and bird watching. View Guest page

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Darren Saletta

Chatham resident, Darren Saletta co-founded with fellow fishermen the Massachusetts Commercial Striped Bass Association and works part time for the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen Association. For 20 years, Darren has commercially fished for groundfish, shellfish, lobster, and migratory species: tuna, dogfish, striped bass and bluefish. He owns Monomoy Sportfishing, offering custom fishing charters and eco-tours. A 1999 graduate of Cornell University, Darren holds a B.S. in Marine Sciences. He has studied in Woods Hole and sailed with Sea Education Association aboard the SSV Cramer (148) in the Caribbean. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Saunders

Elizabeth Saunders is the Massachusetts State Director for Clean Water Action ( and is a Campaign Organizer working with the New England Zero Mercury Campaign and the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. Since 2001 she first served as Environmental Health Legislative Director and became State Director in 2012. Notable victories from her work at Clean Water Action include passage of the MA Mercury Management Act, phase out of BPA from baby bottles and sippy cups by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and passage in the state Senate of the Safer Alternatives Bill and Electronic Waste Producer Responsibility Bill (2012). Elizabeth currently coordinates the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow coalition and the Multi-state Mercury Products Campaign. Elizabeth has a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. She has always called Massachusetts home and currently lives in Jamaica Plain. View Guest page

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Roz Savage

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower who uses her trans-oceanic rowing voyages to inspire a movement towards sustainable living at both grassroots and global levels.Roz first gained attention in 2005 by rowing solo across the Atlantic after 11 years desk-bound as a management consultant. Continuing to use her seafaring adventures to motivate others to take action on environmental issues, Roz is currently engaged in an epic effort to row solo across the Pacific Ocean that began in CA. Roz launched stage two of her Pacific Voyage on May 24, 2009 with a mission to target climate change. The third, and final, stage to Australia will take place in 2010. If successful, Roz will be the first woman in history to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean River Institute will host Roz at the Regatta Bar in Cambridge on October 17, 2009 to raise much needed funds for her brave endeavors View Guest page

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Lee Shepard

Lee Shepard is creator of Intracoastal Eco-Systems. Lee lives in Palm Beach County near the shoreline of Lake Worth Lagoon and where natural mangrove forests once thrived before seawalls were built for the sake of the million dollar views. The natural mangroves were never to be replanted. There was always shrimp for bait and eating, clams and oysters, blue crabs and large resident bait schools from herring to sardines and mullet. Snapper, Trout, Redfish, Snook, Tarpon, and Grouper, including the amazing Goliath Groupers were aplenty. When used together, Lee’s eco-friendly products will help return the barren seawalls and semi-barren areas under docks to once again healthy, self-sustaining and thriving intracoastal ecosystems. If we all work together, we can obtain these goals through natural restocking. View Guest page

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Anne I. Smrcina

Anne I. Smrcina – Education Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; ext. 204; View Guest page

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Bryce Stewart

Bryce is a marine ecologist and fisheries biologist whose work has ranged from temperate estuaries to tropical coral reefs and the deep-sea. The central thread in his research has been to gain an increased understanding of the factors regulating marine populations and communities so as to ensure their sustainable utilization. His work on deep-sea fishes was among the first to demonstrate their extreme longevity, and on coral reefs he provided new evidence for mechanisms of community regulation of prey fish by predators. More recently his focus has been on how to improve the management of fisheries through the use of predictive recruitment models, marine protected areas and stock enhancement. Bryce has also been especially active in promoting the sale and consumption of sustainable seafood by working with everyone from government ministers to fishermen, restaurants and supermarket chains. View Guest page

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Craig Strang

Craig Strang is Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California, Berkeley. He is founding Director of MARE: Marine Activities, Resources & Education, a K-8 interdisciplinary professional development and curriculum development program focused specifically on implementing schoolwide marine science programs that increase learning and language acquisition for English Language Learners. He is the lead Principle Investigator and Director of the multi-institution, NSF-funded Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence--California (COSEE). He is a member of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) Board of Directors Executive Committee. He has co-led the Ocean Literacy Campaign in the US since 2003 resulting in the development of Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences Grades K-12. He is co-author of three multi-volume sets of science & environmental education curriculum materials for grades K-8. doug photo attached View Guest page

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Jim Toomey

Jim Toomey writes and draws the daily comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, syndicated to over 250 newspapers. Jim has just completed his sixteenth book, Confessions of a Swinging Single Sea Turtle. Sherman's Lagoon combines two of his life-long passions: art and the sea. In addition to drawing his comic strip, Jim is active in marine conservation. The conservation message in his comic strip earned him the Environmental Hero Award, presented by NOAA “for using art and humor to conserve and protect our marine heritage.” He has contributed his comic characters and other illustrations to educational materials published by NOAA. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Duke University, a Master of Arts from Stanford University, and recently went back to Duke to earn a Masters of Environmental Management through its Environmental Leadership executive program. Jim currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and two children. View Guest page

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Brett Veerhusen

Brett Veerhusen, originally from Homer, Alaska, grew up commercial fishing throughout Alaska and currently owns and operates the F/V Finnegan in Bristol Bay. He has extensively fished throughout the state, from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast, for salmon, halibut and herring. Brett is active on the campaign to stop the proposed Pebble mine, which threatens his livelihood along with the ecosystem that supports thousands of fishermen and subsistence users. He is attaining his Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and lives in Seattle. He is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Nicaragua and Spain. View Guest page

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Jaco Vienings

Jaco Vienings hails from South Africa. He is an energetic, fun and lively host, working his way up in the broadcasting world. Jaco’s newest project is a video series called “Nature’s Voice”. Nature’s Voice is co-produced by Serena Vienings. Jaco writes: Loving the outdoors, science and working with my hands, I graduated with a double major in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. I next decided to travel the world using my University skills to work and also explore 15 other countries. Seeing the unique beauty in all of them, I felt the need to share this passion I had for the environment. I decided to devote my time to a career in broadcasting, focusing on the beauty that surrounds us. My goal is making people realize how essential it is for everyone to be environmentally responsible, and to change a common mindset of "I have to make a difference" to "I want to make a difference". View Guest page

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Serena Vienings

Serena Vienings is from Ohio. Serena was on location in Fiddletown, CA doing costume design for a crew shooting a short western film when out stepped Jaco. You can hear Serena describe what followed and how they ended up together. Serena handles the video camera and much of the logistics, as well as coaching Jaco before the camera. Clearly, based on Nature’s Vision videos, Serena is very good. She is producing a second series of a few shows that have already been filmed and is planning future trips and videos in Peru. View Guest page

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Max Wagner

Nathalie Ward

Nathalie Ward -- Sanctuary Advisory Council Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; ext. 206; View Guest page

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Lori Wark

Lori Wark has been in the Web business almost since Al Gore invented the Internet. A short career in radio production and a quick stint in TV, morphed into all things Web at Discovery Channel where she produced history games and the occasional uplifting story (The Black Death, The Dustbowl and the Flu Pandemic of 1918). Somehow writing about death and destruction led to environmental reporting. After leaving the security of the corporate world, she is on her own and hoping to make a footprint (not of the carbon kind) in the world of climate change understanding. View Guest page

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Barbara Warren

Barbara Warren is Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch (formerly Salem Sound Harbor Monitors and Salem Sound 2000) in Salem MA . Barbara has a Masters of Science from Antioch New England Graduate School. She developed the Wetland Health Assessment Toolbox with scientists from the Massachusetts Bays Program and Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office. SSCW trains volunteer citizens to assess the health of regional wetlands using WHAT. This toolbox provides protocols to assess wetland health by measuring seven parameters: birds, fish, plants, water chemistry, land use, tidal hydrology, and benthic macroinvertebrates. Over 200 volunteers have been trained to date. Barbara has monitored North Shore salt marsh systems since 1999 to evaluate salt marsh restorations. With her husband, when not out on the water, they build sea kayaks. View Guest page

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David Wiley

David Wiley, Ph.D. -- Research Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; ext. 211; View Guest page

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Elinor Williams

Elinor Williams currently serves as president of Friends of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, Florida. View Guest page

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David Wilmot

David Wilmot, PhD (Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD) is Co-Founder and President of Ocean Champions. OC, the only political voice for ocean health, take a non-partisan approach in working with the U.S. Congress to ensure ocean health through electoral and legislative action. View Guest page

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Lisa A. Wong

Lisa A. Wong is serving her second term as Mayor of the city of Fitchburg. She was first elected to that office in November of 2007 at the age of 28, and is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian American mayor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During her first two and a half years in office, she consolidated 22 city departments into 10, built up a stabilization fund from $10,000 to over $3,000,000, and balanced the budget. As a result, the city’s bond rating, a measure of financial health, has increased twice. By managing more effectively in lean times, Mayor Wong has been able to lower crime, make significant capital improvements, and attract private investment. She is also a leader in conservation efforts, setting aside over 1,700 acres for permanent conservation and building parks and trails along the Nashua River, allowing for more tourism, as well as enjoyment by the citizens of Fitchburg. View Guest page

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Owen Worth

Susan Yochelson

Susan Yochelson is Outreach Coordinator for Salem Sound Coastwatch (formerly Salem Sound Harbor Monitors and Salem Sound 2000) in Salem MA Susan coordinates events including the Race for Salem Sound and SSCW member’s night at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead with ocean rower Roz Savage. Susan promotes citizens' awareness and understanding of their connections to the Salem Sound Watershed and their role in restoring and protecting its health. She coordinates programs that include volunteer monitoring programs (Clean Beaches & Streams, Coastal Habitat Invasives Monitoring Program, Wetland Health Assessment Toolbox, Stream Teams), on-the ground restoration projects (salt marsh and anadromous fish habitat restoration and stormwater remediation), public education (beach water quality and stormwater education), and municipal assistance (technical assistance and grant writing). View Guest page

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Steve Van Zandt

“Solar” Steve – Banana Slug String Band Rhythm guitar, banjo, jaw harp and vocals Steve Van Zandt is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies /Geography. He received a multiple subject teaching credential from San Francisco State and an Administrative Credential from San Jose State. Steve worked as a naturalist at San Mateo Outdoor Education and at Exploring New Horizons as well as at Youth Science Institute, and as a Co-Director/Intern Coordinator at Hidden Villa. Steve was also a Co-Manager for the Pigeon Point Youth Hostel. He has been a classroom teacher for kindergarten, third and fourth grade and a Life Lab and ESL teacher K-7. The father of three boys, Steve is one of the founding and active members of the Banana Slug String Band. In addition to music, Steve enjoys writing, poetry, ping-pong, vegetarian/vegan cooking, surfing and swimming under waterfalls. View Guest page

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