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URI Graduate School of Oceanography public lecture considers the future of Maine Atlantic salmon

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Narragansett, RI -- October 1, 2004 --The returns of wild Atlantic salmon to Maine are at all-time lows. The situation became so critical that the salmon in eight Maine streams were listed as endangered.

Dr. Robert Stickney, Director, Texas Sea Grant, will give a public lecture on ”Maine Atlantic salmon: Searching for a road to recovery” on Wednesday, October 13, at noon, in Corless Auditorium, URI Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett. The lecture part of a URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) Biology at Noon Seminar Series and is sponsored by Friends of Oceanography,

In 2001, the National Research Council (NRC) convened a committee to examine whether the fish in the eight streams represented genetically distinct populations and to develop recommendations as to what might be done to re-establish healthy salmon runs in Maine. Stickney’s lecture examines the salmon situation in Maine, the history of the decline, factors that have been identified as contributing to the decline, and the rather unique approach to recovery that is being recommended by the NRC committee. The discussion runs from aquaculture to blueberries and hatcheries to acid rain. The issues described are highly charged and controversy abounds.

Dr. Robert Stickney is the Director of the Texas Sea Grant College Program and a Professor of Oceanography at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He received a B.S. in zoology from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. in zoology from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from Florida State University.

He is a member of the American Fisheries Society and a charter member of the World Aquaculture Society and a fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists. In 2002 he received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University and the World Aquaculture Society Exemplary Service Award in 2003. He has published more than 140 articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves as editor-in-chief of World Aquaculture Magazine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information call 874-6642.