"The Marine Invasion Will Not be Televised! Changes in Gloucester Harbor"
Please join us this Thursday evening, February 21st in the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery at Maritime Gloucester for the final presentation in our series on Gloucester Harbor. Judith Pederson, Ph.D. MIT Sea Grant College will be the speaker. World reknowned marine scientists have been looking at Gloucester Harbor for invasive marine species over a number of years. Judy will share results from the 2012 Rapid Assessment Survey of Gloucester Harbor for Marine Invasives and Native Species. She writes "Human activities contribute to an accelerating rate of non-native species invasions that are a threat to resident populations and habitats. Yet our knowledge of how marine ecosystems are impacted is limited by few long-term studies and experimental data. With climate-related changes in coastal and marine ecosystems, we anticipate shifts of both native and non-native species northward in response to increased temperatures. In this talk we will explore non-native species in the Gloucester area and explore how communities have changed in response to both climate and human assisted invasions."
The event is free to the public. All programs are held at the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop. The program begins at 7:00 pm. For more detail about Maritime Gloucester’s winter programming go to http://maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php.