During the Aquarium of the Pacific First Wednesdays event on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT, you can explore the world of the endangered white abalone and get the latest update on efforts to help save their populations off the California coast. The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Melissa Neuman of NOAA Fisheries and Oriana Poindexter of Pelagic Projects called Into the Wild: Restoring the Endangered White Abalone, the debut of an abalone photography exhibit at the Aquarium, and a lounge with music and cocktails and other beverages in the Great Hall following the talk.
The white abalone is an endangered marine snail native to the California coast. Into the Wild introduces viewers to white abalone, their habitat and the threats they face, and chronicles the ongoing restoration efforts. Threatened with extinction due to low population densities in the wild, the white abalone needs our help to hold on. A partnership of more than a dozen government agencies, academic groups, and aquariums has come together to help this species through a breeding and outplanting program, whose goal is to restore wild populations of white abalone to be self-sustaining into the future. The Aquarium of the Pacific plays an important role in this effort by caring for juvenile white abalone, releasing the animals into the wild, and educating visitors about the species
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays bring scientists, authors, and other experts into one of the nonprofit’s theaters for an illustrated talk paired with book signings, art exhibits, or meet and greets and cocktail/social hours.
Oriana Poindexter, Pelagic Projects: Oriana Poindexter is a marine scientist and artist. She explores the balancing act between the use and conservation of marine resources. Poindexter earned her Bachelor’s from Princeton University and pursued her Master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego. She went on to work as a collaborating scientist with both the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography on projects connecting fishers, scientists, policy makers, chefs, and consumers to the science behind the seafood from our local waters. Today, as the founder of Pelagic Projects, she applies her expertise to translational marine science projects that impact change in coastal communities both local and global. Currently, Poindexter is creating a book to visualize the story of California’s iconic abalone, their history, and today’s restoration efforts.
Dr. Melissa Neuman, NOAA Fisheries: Dr. Melissa Neuman received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. During her time as an undergraduate, she pursued two marine biology programs (Shoals Marine Laboratory and Sea Semester) that set her on the path to a career in marine ecology and conservation. She pursued a Master’s in Fisheries Science from the University of Rhode Island (1993) and a Doctorate from Rutgers University in ecology and evolution (1999). In 2002, Neuman began working for NOAA in Long Beach, CA. Her work is focused on conducting status reviews for at-risk marine species, making decisions about whether to list species as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), and developing recovery plans for species that receive ESA protection. Currently, one of her primary responsibilities is to implement NOAA’s strategy for conserving and restoring endangered white abalone through captive propagation and enhancement activities. In this capacity, Neuman works closely with the Aquarium of the Pacific and a consortium of other partners to assess remnant wild populations of white abalone, identify viable habitats for abalone restoration, assess the impacts of disease on future enhancement activities, develop genetic tools that will increase the robustness of the captive breeding program and help us track the success of enhancement activities, and develop methods for successful reintroduction of captive white abalone to the wild.
The event will take place at Aquarium of the Pacific’s Ocean Theater, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Presentation will also be live streamed at: aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/into_the_wild_restoring_the_endangered_white_abalone/
The lecture is FREE. Reservations required to reserve your seat in the theater. (Beverages available for purchase during the cocktail hour.) Each lecture participant will receive one complimentary beverage for the cocktail hour. Parking with Aquarium validation is $8.00
Source : https://www.oc-breeze.com/2021/11/26/205989_get-the-latest-about-endangered-white-abalone-and-explore-new-photo-exhibit-at-aquarium-of-the-pacific-first-wednesdays-event/750