COA presents talk on fisheries management


RELEASE COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC PRESENTS TALK ON FISHERIES MANAGEMENT Carla Guenther of PERC reflects on California lobstering policies CONTACT: Donna Gold, Public Relations: 207-801-5623, 207-266-4470, dgold@coa.edu

BAR HARBOR, ME-Continuing College of the Atlantic’s spring Marine Policy Series, Carla Guenther, community coordinator of the Penobscot East Resource Center in Stonington, offers a talk on Thursday, April 21 at 4:10 p.m. in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall. Guenther will be speaking about lobster management on the west coast. She offers a socioecological analysis of fishery response and impacts of Marine Protected Areas in Santa Barbara, CA.

Guenther approaches fisheries management with a focus on fishing communities. For her dissertation at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she spoke with members of Santa Barbara’s commercial lobster fleet as well as others so as to understand the impact of Marine Protected Area legislation on socio-economics, reef ecology, and fishing behavior. Using this information, Guenther then talked to representatives from the rest of California’s commercial lobster fleet and fostered the fishery’s application for Marine Stewardship Council Certification, proposed legislation for self-funding lobster management science, and voluntary fishery-collection of biological data for use in the first stock assessment of California spiny lobster populations.

She now holds the title of Fisheries, Science and Leadership Advisor at the Penobscot East Resource Center, and manages its fishermen’s leadership program. Guenther began her work with lobster behavior at Woods Hole, MA, then went to Baja California, Mexico where she learned about a special form of community-based co-management. Inspired by the fishermen’s level of organization and management structure there, Guenther went on to pursue a PhD in Marine Science. Educated in oceanography, ecology, and anthropology, she approaches fisheries management with a focus on fishing communities.

For more information on the Thursday, April 21 talk by Carl Guenther contact Chris Petersen at CHRISP@coa.edu, 288-5015, 207-801-5715. This talk is Free.

CALENDAR ITEM TALK: Thursday, April 21 at 4:10 p.m. Carla Guenther of the Penobscot East Resource Center offers a socioecological analysis of fishery response and impacts of Marine Protected Areas in Santa Barbara, CA for College of the Atlantic’s Marine Policy Speaker Series. McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. CHRISP@coa.edu or 288-5015, 207-801-5715. Free.

Donna Gold Director of Public Relations, Editor, COA Magazine College of the Atlantic 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 207-801-5623, office 207-266-4470, cell dgold@coa.edu www.coa.edu

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