Science on Tap set for March 21

“Is it environmentally responsible to eat fish?” will be the topic of the next Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Science on Tap event, which will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Rogue Ales’ Brewer’s on the Bay, located at 2320 SE Marine Science Drive in South Beach.

The presenter will be Trevor A. Branch, from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences University of Washington. Branch says the messages to the public can be hard to sort through. “Are fisheries sustainable? Should we even eat fish anymore? Overfishing is rampant. Rockfish are recovering. Climate change reduces fish catch. There is no wonder that the public is confused about the status of ocean fisheries when multiple competing narratives vie for attention on the front pages of newspapers, and indeed the state of fisheries science is in a similar state of flux,” he said. “In this talk, I will cover some of the major issues confronting marine fisheries, touch on the global status of fisheries and explain what kinds of fish you can responsibly eat.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the presentation will begin at 6 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended. Food and beverage will be available for purchase from the regular menu. 

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