Free marine pollution educational symposium by top local experts

March 21, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

The Barrier Island Parks Society and Mote Marine Laboratory will host a virtual series on Zoom on March 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. This is a free educational symposium and part of BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series.
The first segment was held on March 16.
RSVP for these segments and join BIPS for current issues and solutions, presented by top experts in their fields, to help foster a healthier future for generations to come.
Each speaker will present for 15 minutes, followed by Q&A. RSVP at
Highlights of sessions 2 and 3:
Session 2 March 23, 4 p.m. will include …
• Dr. Melanie Peel, DVM Intern with the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
Plastics impact on a growing seabird conservation crisis
• Dr. Kim Bassos-Hull,
Senior Scientist with the Shark and Ray Conservation Program, Education, and Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program at Mote Marine Laboratory
Impact and solutions focus on dolphins and sharks/Washed Ashore Program.
• Dr. Erinn Muller,
Senior Scientist & Program Manager for the Coral Restoration and Coral Health and Disease Programs at Mote Marine Laboratory
Session 3 March 30, 4 p.m.
• Nicole Iadevaia,
Research and Outreach Manager with Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP)
Impact and solutions focus on estuaries
• Ashley Hill,
FL & Caribbean Regional Coordinator for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program
Impact and solutions focus on marine debris
• J.P. Brooker,
Director of Florida Conservation at Ocean Conservancy
Marine conservation and ways to make a positive impact
The annual BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series is one more way BIPS collaborates and shares their mission of more than 30 years to inspire the exploration and preservation of our natural and historic treasures.
In this ongoing effort, BIPS’ goal is to educate and inspire stewardship of our irreplaceable barrier island assets for future generations. This season’s BIPS 4 BIPS Forums & Lecture Series includes the Marine Pollution Symposium and Red Tide Forum in partnership with Mote Marine Laboratories. RSVP for these programs online at:
BIPS serves local communities in Lee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties in Southwest Florida and inspires and educates visitors from all over the world who explore nature and history at Port Boca Grande Lighthouse & Museum, Gasparilla Island Lighthouse, Amory Memorial Chapel and in our four affiliated barrier island Florida State Parks, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro, Gasparilla and Stump Pass Beach.
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