In two back-to-back evenings, Karen Meyer, executive director of Green Fire Productions, will screen her four-part documentary Ocean Frontiers. The film follows four case studies that demonstrate the concept of coastal marine spatial planning in which stakeholders were able to work together to find ways to accommodate both ocean wildlife and ocean commerce. Meyer founded Green Fire Productions in 1989 to move audiences to action and to influence decision-makers on pressing environmental and social issues.
Tuesday, March 27
On the first night, a panel will discuss the first two case studies presented in the film: 1) working with the shipping industry in Boston Harbor to protect whales in marine sanctuaries in Massachusetts Bay and 2) allying fishermen, scientists, and recreational tourism concerns in conserving coral reefs in the Florida Keys. Speakers will include Meyer, David Wiley, research coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and Bill Causey, Southeast regional director for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Wednesday, March 28
On the second evening a panel will address the other two case studies presented in the film: 1) establishing environmentally sound practices among farmers in Iowa to preserve health of the wetlands and fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico and 2) using science to inform fishing and forestry practices in Port Orford in Oregon. Speakers will include Meyer, Leesa Cobb, executive director of the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, and Jerry Enzler, executive director of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
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