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Live Broadcasts: Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live underwater?  From October 12-21, 2010 you can find out by tuning in to daily broadcasts live from Aquarius, the undersea research lab located off the coast of Key Largo in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The scientific researchers or “aquanauts” that live in the Aquarius underwater habitat, as well as scientists operating from the surface, are sharing their experience and intimate knowledge of the ocean while performing their latest mission, Aquarius 2010: If Reefs Could Talk.  Mark your calendars to follow the mission online.

Jamestown | a Reef from Ruins

The State of Rhode Island has been constructing artificial underwater reefs out of debris from the demolition of the Jamestown Bridge. Ocean Opportunity has completed a short educational video suited for regional educators to provide students with a glimpse of this critical work taking place right in their backyard. The video is available here: http://astore.amazon.com/michaellombardi-20/detail/B003CFB95U.

A project website has also been created in a Blog format to provide near real-time information as fieldwork continues throughout 2010, as well as background information on the project. Stay tuned for updates: http://jamestownreefs.blogspot.com.

Lecture – “The World of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster”

As part of a”Science First Friday” program, the Brooks Free Library of Harwich MA presents a free lecture by Heinz Proft, who will share research he conducted on artificial reefs in the Florida Keys with the Caribbean Marine Research Center.  February 5, 12 to 1 pm, 739 Main St., Harwich.  Call 508-430-7562 for more information.

A native of Minnesota, Proft has a Master’s Degree in Marine Fisheries from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary and has also worked as a Research Associate with the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole. An avid scuba diver and private pilot, he has been the Town of Harwich Natural Resources Officer and Assistant Harbormaster for the past twelve years.