Thursday, March 14 –
Event Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
9 Water St, Rockland
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street will host marine scientist, Georgie Burruss on Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. for a talk about bonefish in the Bahamas. Anglers from around the world flock to the warm, shallow waters of the Bahamas for a shot at these grey ghosts. This recreational catch-and-release fishing industry generates over $141 million USD annually for the Bahamian economy. Bonefish currently experience threats from anthropogenic disturbance in the form of habitat loss, fishing pressure, and predation. Since 2000, scientists have been studying the biology, habits and migrations, which have generated conservation measures in the Bahamas to protect this economically, ecologically, and culturally important fishery.
Burruss has been studying bonefish across several Bahamian Islands for the past five years. She has worked with bonefish from their larval stage to adult reproduction using various research techniques such as light traps, respirometry, and acoustic telemetry. She currently works as a marine science and aquaculture teacher at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde.