When: Monday, August 8th
Where: Sea Turtle Inc (6617 Padre Blvd) ., South Padre Island
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Hook, Line, and Sea Turtles!
Mark your calendars for the community conversation on August 8th!
Are you a recreational fisher at South Padre Island? Are you a small or large charter owner or boat captain? Have you ever come across an injured sea turtle? Lend your voice to the discussion on what sustainable practices can be done for sea turtle conservation.
Sea Turtle Inc will host Cause for Conservation: A conversation on Sustainable Fishing Practices on Monday, August 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This conversation is a collaborative Dialogue and Deliberation program with the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) to engage community members in making actionable decisions on the conservation of local sea turtle species. Community participants will be able to share their perspectives on the topic, establish connections with others leading efforts in conservation, and be part of solution creation.
Wendy Knight, Chief Executive Officer at Sea Turtle, Inc., adds- “This partnership has created a unique opportunity for the community to join the discussion about responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Over the last 10 years, Sea Turtle Inc. has treated more than 600 injured sea turtles. Of these patients, 35% are injured due to injuries from entanglement in fishing lines, hooks, boat strikes, and trash ingestion.” This event is the first of its kind to bring the community together for a single goal, conservation practices that can help our local marine life. Sea Turtle Inc is proud to be part of this important event.
Claudia Martinez Gray, director of education at IMAS, is a current fellow for ASTC’s Community Science Dialogue & Deliberation Fellowship Program. She shares, “I’ve spent the past year learning how to view the work already being done in the Rio Grande Valley through the community science framework to strengthen community collaborations. Sea Turtle Inc hasgraciously accepted the challenge of hosting this new program. I am eager to see how the
About Dialogue and Deliberation Program
The program is a first for both organizations. As described by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), “Dialogue & Deliberation is a set of approaches to help community members identify or refine priorities and make decisions about important issues. Dialogue & Deliberation on science-related topics takes an expansive view to examine societal impacts, community values, and public policy decisions that can inform—and be informed by—science. Dialogue & Deliberation events aim to empower community members to produce recommendations that are then acted upon by scientific experts, policymakers, and community members in collaboration with one another.”
Participants will hear from guest speaker Dr. Amy Bonka, Chief Conservation Officer at Sea Turtle Inc, on the importance of sea turtle conservation on South Padre Island.
Horderves and childcare accommodations will be provided. In addition, all participants will receive a goody bag and be entered for door prizes.
Community members must register for the event at Seaturtleinc.org. Registration and childcare are limited and will be first come, first serve.
Funding for this program is provided by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a supporter of ASTC’s Community Science program. CLICK HERE to learn more about Community Science.
To register, visit: seaturtleinc.org Contact Sanjuana Zavala for more information at: email@example.com
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