The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series:
The Noise Explosion: The Science, Policy, and Politics of Underwater Noise
Michael Jasny, Natural Resources Defense Council
The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Michael Jasny from NRDC as part of the 2013 Summer Lecture Series. Michael will present “The Noise Explosion: The Science, Policy, and Politics of Underwater Noise” on a special night — Friday August 30th. We will begin with a reception with the speaker at 6:30 followed by the lecture at 7:00. Light refreshments will be served.
Over the last decade, ocean noise pollution has become one of the most prominent conservation issues for marine mammals here and around the globe. This lecture, by a leading community expert, will describe the latest developments in noise research, regulation, and policy and discuss their significance for Southern Resident killer whales and other vulnerable wildlife. For a taste, listen to Michael’s recent appearance on NPR’s All Things Considered:http://www.npr.org/2013/07/28/206362675/conservationists-call-for-quiet-the-ocean-is-too-loud.
Michael Jasny is Director of the Marine Mammal Protection Project and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He is a leading expert in the law and policy of ocean noise pollution, and has worked domestically and internationally for more than fifteen years through high-profile litigation, lobbying, science-based policy development, and public advocacy to improve regulation of this emergent global problem.
Michael is also engaged in securing protection for endangered marine mammal populations and critical habitat, opposing development projects that threaten marine mammals off the U.S. and Canada, and improving management of fisheries, whale-watching, and other sectors under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the nation’s leading instrument for the conservation of these species. Michael is the author of several NRDC reports and author or co-author of various publications in legal, policy, and scientific journals. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale College and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
The August 30th event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (360) 378-4710 ext. 23. The Whale Museum is located in Friday Harbor at 62 First St. N. Founded in 1976, The Whale Museum’s mission is to promote stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research. In addition to providing exhibits, the Museum also provides programs including the Marine Naturalist Training, Orca Adoption Program, Soundwatch Boater Education, San Juan Islands Marine Mammal Stranding Network, and the Whale Hotline. The Whale Museum can be found on-line at www.whalemuseum.org.