The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is holding its monthly speaker series meeting via Zoom on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Register on Eventbrite at tinyurl.com/58u3u4qw to receive the link and password.
The topic will be “Oregon’s Marine Reserves: Past, Present and Future.” Fully designated in 2012 by the Oregon Legislature, the state’s five marine reserve sites are special areas in the ocean dedicated to conservation and scientific research. Created to conserve marine habitats and biodiversity, they also serve as living laboratories to learn about Oregon’s nearshore ocean environment and the effects that marine reserve protections — no fishing, no development and conservation — have over time on the marine environment.
Come learn more about Oregon’s marine reserves past, present and future as Charlie Plybon of the Surfrider Foundation dives into how these special areas were first created by Oregonians, what is being learned, and importantly, how they will be assessed in the future.
Plybon received a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Eckerd College in Florida and worked for the Florida Marine Research Institute, researching aquatic health for local fisheries extending his post-graduate at University of South Florida. He moved to Oregon in 2001 to work for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, developing education programs and communications. He began volunteering with the Surfrider Foundation in 2003, and in 2007, he began working full time for Surfrider as the Oregon field coordinator. Now serving as Surfrider’s statewide policy manager, Plybon is active in many ocean issues at the local, state and federal levels. He serves on the governor’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council and the statewide Advisory Committee for Oregon Sea Grant and locally supports the policy, programming and organizing efforts of Surfrider’s Oregon chapter network.
For more information, contact Joy Primrose, ACS Oregon chapter president at [email protected] or 541-517-8754.
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, Calif. Information can be found online at www.acsonline.org and on Facebook at American Cetacean Society-Oregon Chapter.