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Understanding and Managing Portugal’s Seamount Ecosystems
January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We are delighted to announce that Provincetown’s own Robert Brock, PhD, will be our very special guest speaker at Napi’s Restaurant on January 31.
Robert recently returned from his Fulbright Scholar assignment with the Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera (Lisboa), where he worked with local, national and international partners to determine how best to protect and manage Portugal’s spectacular seamounts.
Portugal is and always has been a seafaring nation. In the 15th century, names such as Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral, and Fernão de Magalhães (Magellan) all led expeditions that made Portugal a global sea power. With their backs to the land and always facing the sea, these ocean explorers are immortalized in the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) in the Lisbon District of Belém and is dedicated to Portugal’s centuries of oceanic explorations of discovery.
These voyages significantly contributed to advances in ocean innovation in vessels, exploration, mapping, and technology. These advances in ocean exploration and technology have been handed down from their ancestors to today’s Portuguese scientists.
Interest in the conservation and exploitation of Portugal’s deep-sea seamounts (underwater mountains rising-up from 5,000 meters deep (over 16,000 feet, 3 miles!) to just 30 meters (98 feet) from the surface and their associated biological communities has highlighted a need to improve understanding of seamount ecosystems and the threats they face, as well as considering the management of activities that take place around them.
Between June 2015 and April 2017 and with financial support from a European Economic Area Grant, a total of 143 scientists and students from 21 Portuguese institutions participated in scientific activities around two of the most important seamounts complexes in Portuguese waters: Madeira-Tore and Great Meteor.
Robert’s presentation will look at some of Portugal’s ocean exploration past and present and highlight some of the recent findings and unique challenges in managing these seamount areas.
This free event is part of the Center for Coastal Studies’ Winter Lecture Series, which is supported by Napi’s Restaurant at 7 Freeman Street in Provincetown. Participants are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm and enjoy Napi’s special early bird dinner.