[Sust-mar] May 22nd: Ocean Treasure's and Alien Invaders - International Biodiversity Day Panel

Charlene Boyce Young membermail at ecologyaction.ca
Mon May 11 13:07:20 EDT 2009

**please circulate widely

_International Biodiversity Day Panel and Reception_

Ocean Treasures and Alien Invaders: Protecting Nova Scotia’s Marine 

Join us for an exciting panel discussion and networking reception in 
celebration of International Biodiversity Day! We are bringing together 
researchers, community groups, and seafood producers to share their 
experiences with marine invasive species and to connect with other 
groups working on related issues.

_Date_: Friday, May 22nd
_Time_: 1:30-3pm panel, followed by light refreshments, time to chat, 
and some      awesome Project UFO invasive species door prizes
_Venue_: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Small Craft Gallery

*****To ensure that you are on the ‘guest list’ and receive free entry 
into the museum, please RSVP to sharnold at ecologyaction.ca 
<mailto:sharnold at ecologyaction.ca> by May 20th.*****
Panelists and topics:
Dr. Martha Jones, Associate Professor, Cape Breton University*
/Project UFO Investigates Coastal Space: The Final Frontier/
   Dr. Jones will share the research being undertaken by Project UFO, a 
collaborative research project with the primary objective of better 
understanding the status of invasive species in our waters. Learn about 
what invasive species are doing, how they got here, and what we can do 
about it.

*Ashley Sprague, Marine Conservation Coordinator, CPAWS-NS*
/Fundy Horse Reef Mussels: A Globally Unique Conservation Opportunity/
   Large reefs of Horse Mussels have recently been discovered in Nova 
Scotia’s coastal waters. Images of the seafloor show multiple rows or 
mussel reefs that are up to 4m high, 40m wide and 1km long...that's 
higher than the ceiling in the average room and larger in area than an 
average city block! The Bay of Fundy is the only place on earth where 
reefs of this size formed by horse mussels have been found.

*Peter Darnell, Owner, Indian Point Mussel Farms*
/Invasive Species and the Coastal Livelihood Cost/
   Indian Point Mussel Farms is a small, family run aquaculture 
business that strives to produce mussels in a sustainable way. Peter 
will share their experience with the invasive tunicate species, Ciona 
intestinalis, which has become an increasing threat to the livelihoods 
of mussel farmers in Atlantic Canada.

* Co-Presented by the Ecology Action Centre, Invasive Species Alliance 
of Nova Scotia, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic *

Shannon Arnold, M.E.S
Marine Coordinator
Ecology Action Centre
2705 Fern Lane
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada  B3K 4L3
sharnold at ecologyaction.ca <mailto:sharnold at ecologyaction.ca>

Charlene Boyce Young
Development & Outreach Coordinator

Ecology Action Centre
2705 Fern Lane
Halifax NS
B3K 4L3

902.442.0198 (p)
902.405.3716 (f)

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