SANTA CRUZ — A Science Sunday favorite, the inspiring, idiosyncratic, and humorous fish biologist Milton Love returns to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center with a talk showcasing his new book, A Guide to the Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific. Love, along with special guest and co-author Tom Laidig from Santa Cruz’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, will share amazing photos and the stories behind their work documenting some of California’s most important fishes at 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, at the Seymour Center. The event is free with paid admission or membership.
Rockfishes and their close relatives are ecologically, economically, and culturally important species along the Pacific Coast. They occur on reefs, around sunken vessels, and among kelp beds, and they often comprise more than 90 percent of all the fishes living in these locations. Rockfishes are favorites of recreational and commercial fishers, and have major economic value. They are the frequent subjects of underwater photographers, but in spite of a wide appreciation of their beauty, identifying these closely related species—particularly underwater—is challenging.
“Hats off to these ‘extreme’ scientists who braved the offshore weather to bring us such an information-packed resource. The high-resolution photos of these fish in their natural habitat are amazing, as well as the high-tech methods of capturing these photos through remotely operated vehicles and submersibles. Well done!” said Ken Franke, Sportfishing Association of California.
With more than 400 color photographs, this is the first book to present all of these remarkable fishes in one guide, and the first devoted solely to their identification. Love and Laidig will be available to sign books immediately following the talk.
This lecture is sponsored by Allterra Solar.
Located in Santa Cruz on the bluffs overlooking Monterey Bay, the Seymour Center provides exciting and engaging ocean education programs for the visiting public and for students of all ages. It is dedicated to educating youth, families, and the general public about the role science plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans. The Seymour Center is open six days a week, year-round, and serves more than 60,000 people each year.
WHAT: Science Sunday at the Seymour Center
Rockfishes, Thornyheads, and Scorpionfishes of the Northeast Pacific
FEATURING: Milton Love
Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara
WHEN: Sunday, February 17, 2013
WHERE: Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab
End of Delaware Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
ADMISSION: Free with admission to the Seymour Center
($6 Adults / $4 Students or Seniors)
Free for Seymour Center Members and UC Santa Cruz
undergraduates with valid student ID
INFORMATION: (831) 459-3800 or http://seymourcenter.ucsc.edu