Sunrise Senior College at the University of Maine at Machias is offering a FREE class about the future of shellfish in the gulf of Maine with Dr. Brian Beal on Wednesday, February 9. W2205- The Future of Shellfish in the Gulf of Maine: A Conversation with the Downeast Institute’s Dr. Brian Beal will occur remotely, via zoom, from 7pm-8pm.

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Here is your best opportunity to understand how warming waters, invasive species and new fishing technologies are changing the way we harvest the rich resources of the Gulf of Maine. You will also have the chance to ask questions of one of the country’s foremost experts on marine biology. Dr. Beal’s discussion will cover his ongoing research at the Downeast Institute, the impacts he is seeing on shellfish stocks, and his predictions on future lobster, clam, mussel and scallop catches. He will first give a brief presentation, and then answer questions from Sunrise Senior College board member Stephen Kelly, a former journalist and diplomat who for the past decade has been affiliated with Duke University. The final segment will be open to questions from the public.

Likely topics include whether lobster catches are likely to shrink, how the green crab has impacted mussel stocks, and what new techniques in clam culture are on the horizon. This discussion should interest those who make a living on the water, as well as those individuals who love Maine and have a deep interest in the future health of its coast.

Dr. Beal, Director of the Marine Science Field Station at the University of Maine at Machias, is a Jonesport native who received his undergraduate degree from UMM, and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Maine, Orono. In 2002, he became the youngest full professor in UMM’s history.

More information about Sunrise Senior College and its Winter 2022 offerings here.


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