Presented online by our friends at the Henry Ferguson Museum

Local Knowledge Wanted! – Seagrass Webinar

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM free
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Fishers Island is surrounded by almost a quarter of the seagrass that remains in Long Island Sound.
Although the seagrass in this area is currently in good condition, this important habitat and resource is at risk.
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The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition was formed in 2017 to protect the seagrass ecosystem around the island. The Coalition is beginning a planning stage to identify locations around the island that would be best suited for Seagrass Management Areas. We are seeking broad input on the siting of these areas from off-island visitors and stakeholders, as well as the island community.
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We will be holding a webinar on Monday, August 10th from 6:30-7:30pm for interested stakeholders, and will be using this time to tell you more about the Coalition’s history and goals, the importance of preserving eelgrass and to gather input and answer questions from interested stakeholders.
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Questions can be directed to the FISM coordinator, Connor Jones.
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I asked Connor about eelgrass in the Thames River.
He replied: Unfortunately, based on US Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) surveys from 2017, there is not a lot of seagrass within the river itself. It looks like there is a large meadow at the mouth of the Thames, adjacent to Pine Island and a few other areas around the mouth. See this map link for reference (feel free to zoom in and out of the map, areas of green represent eelgrass meadows present in 2017). These are the most recent data we have and it is possible that USFWS did not survey up-river towards New London. If they did, the lack of eelgrass could be attributed to poor water quality, boat traffic and hardened shorelines.
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Please visit the FISM website, fiseagrass.org, for more information. Use the following link to register for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2i5oJYLmTX2P2OUduQxiRA
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REGISTER TODAY. This virtual Talk is co-sponsored by Custom House Maritime Museum.
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Still to come:

Blowin’ in the Wind? Offshore wind development – Dr. Tiffany Smythe

Sunday, August 30, 4 PM free
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Advance registration is required for all talks. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Sunday, August 30, 4 PM free
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Illustrated Lecture on The Latest on Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast
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The Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first and only offshore wind farm to date, began supplying renewable energy to Block Island and mainland Rhode Island in 2016. This five-turbine, nearshore project is likely to be only the first of many larger offshore wind farms to be developed further offshore in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
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Dr. Tiffany Smythe, professor of maritime policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will provide an update on offshore wind development throughout the region and share highlights of her research on the political and social dimensions of offshore wind farms.
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This virtual Talk is co-sponsored by Custom House Maritime Museum (New London, Conn.).
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Advance registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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