Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies announces new public policy forum

Thursday, July 12, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PCCS Contact:
Cathrine Macort
+1-508-487-3622 x103
+1-508-808-9660
cmacort@coastalstudies.org

Whale watchers aboard the Dolphin Fleet get a birds-eye view of a feeding humpback.PCCS image.

Whale watchers aboard the Dolphin Fleet get a birds-eye view of a feeding humpback.PCCS image.

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) is pleased to introduce The Chase-Miller Policy Forum, a series of free lectures and discussions designed to educate the public on the role of science in public policy as it relates to the marine environment. This forum was made possible by the generous support of Linda B. Miller, PhD, a long-time patron and member of the PCCS Board of Directors.

The program begins on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 pm at the Truro Community Center with a lecture by Dr. Carole Carlson titled: THE VALUE OF WHALE WATCHING: Its contribution to Science and Conservation.

Carole Carlson is an Adjunct Scientist with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and Director of Research and Education for the Dolphin Fleet. She has spent more than twenty-six years studying cetaceans off the east coast of the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic and the Eastern Caribbean and is an acknowledged world expert on photo-identification techniques, humpback whales and whale watching. Her work (and that of Dr. Stormy Mayo) on humpback whale photo-identification at the Center for Coastal Studies was the inspiration for the PBS series “The Voyage of the Mimi”.

Dr. Carlson serves on the Whalewatch Sub-Committee of the International Whaling Commission and has organized and conducted several international whale-watching workshops, promoting responsible whale watching as a viable ecological and economical alternative to whaling. Her marine education work in the Caribbean has touched over twenty thousand schoolchildren and their teachers, and she has trained college interns to collect scientific data in the region.

Upcoming lectures in the Chase-Miller Policy Fanoa.orum include: SEA LEVEL RISE EFFECTS ON CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS: What to Expect with Climate Change?
Presented by Jeff Williams, Scientist Emeritus with the United States Geological Service (USGS) and an affiliate graduate faculty member in the Geology and Geophysics Department at the University of Hawai’i, M Monday, August 13 at 5 pm at the Heibert Marine Lab, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown.

DRAWING LINES IN THE SAND: Mapping and Managing Community Aquaculture Development.
Presented by Owen Nichols, Director of PCCS’s Marine Fisheries Research program, and Henry Lind, retired Shellfish Biologist and Director of the Town of Eastham Department of Natural Resources for the Town of Eastham. Tuesday, August 21 at 7 pm at the Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham.

For more information about these and other Chase-Miller Policy Forum presentations, please contact Pat Hughes, Director of Marine Policy at the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, at 508 487 3623 x121 or email phughes@coastalstudies.org.