Ted Moorhead Lagoon House
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905
July 9, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Admission is free.
Join us at our July Brown Bag Lunch for a look at the diverse effects on coastal waters and fisheries from climate change, and how they are being documented in the Southeast U.S. and Greater Caribbean.
Warming surface waters are causing various changes including the shift of some fisheries to the north as well as the loss of coral habitats to bleaching events. Ocean acidification is also changing the larval development processes of both fishes and the prey they depend on. Other challenges are also present, yet we are in the early stages of understanding what these processes mean for the future.
This presentation will cover the basics of: a) oceans and climate change; b) what we know about impacts on Florida and Caribbean fisheries; c) what the science suggests we will see in coming decades; and d) what we can do in response.
Dr. Ken Lindeman is a professor in the Department of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences at the Florida Institute of Technology. He manages the university’s Sustainability Program, now entering year ten with over 130 graduates. Since the early 1980s, he has merged science and policy to advance the conservation of coastal habitats and fisheries. This is reflected in 70 research publications in over 20 science and policy journals supporting conservation management actions in four U.S. states and several Caribbean countries. Employers include the University of Miami, NOAA, and non-profits in the U.S. and Caribbean. He started his first non-profit in Jupiter in 1989 and has lived in three IRL counties. He has co-authored books by the Smithsonian Institution Press, Karlsruhe Scientific Publishers, and Duke University Press.
This Brevard County event is free and open to the public; all attendees have to do is register online. If interested and able, we ask participants to donate $5 toward our guest speaker series. MRC’s Brown Bag Lunch educational series is a long-standing and cherished program offered to the East Central Florida coast region, and is supported by volunteers and the community’s charitable giving. All donations are tax-deductible. Attendees are encouraged and welcome to bring and enjoy their lunch during the seminar! For more information on the Marine Resources Council, please visit SaveTheIRL.org.