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Climate Change Here and Now: The Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on May 6, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jon Hare, Oceanography Branch Chief at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC - NOAA NMFS) based in Narragansett, Rhode Island and Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In this seminar Mr. Hare presented a brief overview of climate change and then focused the information on the possible impact to fisheries, with specific examples coming from the Northeast region of the United States.

The sixth in a series of web seminars on climate change sponsored by NOAA, began with Mr. Hare reviewing some of the data indicating an anthropogenic cause to climate change. He followed this information by talking about specific, observed, climate changes in the Northeastern area of the United States. Mr. Hare continued his discussion by giving the audience some information about fisheries in general, and how the changes that are currently being observed, are and may, impact fisheries in the Northeastern U.S. Molly Harrison, from NOAA, gave an overview of resource materials that teachers can use in their classrooms to teach this topic.

Forty-one (41) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Two participants joined the presentation from countries outside of the United States: Romania and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Nice links to the fisheries aspect of how climate change will impact us in the future; don't always see that route discussed.”

  • “With an atmospheric science background, I need to learn more about the ocean to give me a broader knowledge base for understanding the impacts of climate change on the earth system.”

  • “I'm now equipped to discuss climate variability vs. climate change--and thus explain why one cold event does not mean there is no warming trend!”

  • “Provided more variables and results of climate change for me to share with my students. (Lots of my students are also from commercial fishing families).”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!


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