June 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Dr. Michael Tlusty, Director of Ocean Sustainability Science, New England Aquarium, Dr. Andrew Rhyne, Assistant Professor, Roger Williams University and Research Scientist, New England Aquarium and Ret Talbot, Host of the Fisheriescentric blog www.GoodCatchBlog.com
Each year, millions of fish are collected from reefs to place on exhibit in homes and public aquariums. It was only recently that New England Aquarium staff have figured out a way to collect data on the numbers and species of fish involved in the marine wildlife trade. Join our speakers to understand the diversity of this marine trade, and how the volume of the trade can be calculated. They will also discuss how the data can better inform the management of the marine species, and why these fisheries are important to small reef-side economies. Finally, they will describe the role of aquaculture as an aid to this trade and how the Aquarium is leading the effort to use public aquariums as a new source of fish for exhibits.