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CALENDAR ITEM: Managing fishery resources (Released 3/3/97)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The coastal zone is changing -- and all of us need to become aware of the changes in our environment. The University of Connecticut is providing a free public lecture series to help Connecticut residents understand the complexities of coastal issues.

The next lecture, to be held from 7:30 - 9 p.m. March 11 at the Avery Point campus in Groton, will focus on managing our fishery resources. Management of fishery resources has traditionally been based on regulating who can fish, what gear can be used and how much catch can be brought to the market. This approach has had mixed success. Peter Auster, science director at the National Undersea Research Center, will discuss a new method -- setting aside areas of the sea as protected refuges for exploited species. While this has been done on land for species conservation, it has not been widely used at sea. The lectures are co-sponsored by the coastal studies program and Connecticut Sea Grant.

The new coastal studies degree program at the Avery Point campus is being developed in connection with a new $56 million marine sciences center being constructed this year through UCONN 2000.

Visit the coastal studies website