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Events &Lectures dgregg on 21 Jan 2009 05:35 pm

Lecture: Marine Fisheries Habitat and Marine Construction

RINHS will host a lecture on February 5 entitled, “Considerations for Marine Fisheries Habitat and Marine Construction,” by Vin Malkoski, an aquatic biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and a leader in Massachusetts’ environmental review of the proposed Cape Wind off-shore wind farm. Malkoski will describe considerations taken by marine biologists in evaluating the potential effects of marine construction, be it wind turbines, oil platforms, or other fixed facilities. The lecture is Thursday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Swan Auditorium, Swan Hall, Upper College Road, on URI’s Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:45 PM for refreshments & fellowship.

Malkoski will describe a marine biologist’s approach to the review of off-shore development and share insights from his experience. Review of construction proposals requires evaluation of resource, habitat, and site characteristics in short and long time frames, of disputed impacts, and of the cumulative impact of present and future projects. Review should be data driven and can benefit from lessons learned in other countries.

Vin Malkoski is a Senior Marine Fisheries Biologist for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF). Currently assigned to the Division’s Fisheries Habitat Project, he was the DMF lead for the environmental review of the Cape Wind Project from 2001 through 2007. As a member of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Habitat Committee and the New England Fisheries Management Council Habitat Plan Development Team, Malkoski works on regional and coast-wide marine habitat issues.

The program is part of RINHS’s 2008 – 2009 Mark D. Gould Memorial Lecture Series. This year the series theme is energy facility development and its biological effects. Series sponsors include U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service RI Refuge Complex and Rhode Island Ocean SAMP. Rhode Island Ocean SAMP is a project to study the possible sites for alternative energy development in Rhode Island’s off-shore waters and organize the inputs and concerns of diverse stakeholders. RI Ocean SAMP encourages a community-wide conversation about the energy initiatives being considered in Rhode Island. For more information visit RI Ocean SAMP.

For more information: 401.874.5800 programadmin@rinhs.org.

Download a printed flyer in PDF: Malkowski flyer

Swan Hall is located on Upper College Road on URI’s Kingston Campus. Coming north on Upper College Road from the light at Rt. 138, Swan Hall is on the right after the first stop sign. For parking, pass Swan Hall and turn right on to Fortin Road and right into the lot behind the URI Foundation building. Alternatively park in the lot behind the Fine Arts Center, on Bills Road, the first right after the URI Club. To get to Kingston, from the west follow Rt 138 to Kingston and turn left at the light onto Upper College Road; from the east and north follow Rt. 1 south to Rt. 138 and turn west then go to the second light and turn right onto Upper College Road.

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