Webinar series: Climate Change Effects on Recreational Fishing and Boating

Session 1: “Experiencing Climate Change in the Field: What does it mean?” – March 23 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Session 1 Speakers

Todd Corayer 
Award-winning Fishing Writer, Kayak-fishing Sharpie and Fish Advocate

Willy Goldsmith, Ph.D. 
Executive Director, American Saltwater Guides Association

Jon Hare, Ph.D.
Director, NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Joe Mariani 
Regional Vice President, Safe Harbor Marinas

Pamela Rubinoff 
Coastal Management and Climate Extension Specialist
University of Rhode Island/GSO – Coastal Resources Center (CRC) and Rhode Island Sea Grant 

Abbie Schuster 
Charter Captain and Fishing Guide, Fish Conservationist and Advocate

Capt. Greg Vespe 
Executive Director, RI Saltwater Anglers Association

Mike Wade 
Watch Hill Outfitters, Owner, Climate/Fish Advocate and Expert Fisher

Session 2: “Climate Change Opportunities: What we can do.” – April 13 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
More information coming soon on Session 2


Photo Contest:

Capt. Abbie Schuster

Send us your photos! We’d love to see your photos that depict positive or negative climate impacts on fish, habitat, and resource users.

Two winners will be chosen to receive $250 in gift card prizes!

We hope to screen photos during each session. Session I deadline is Friday, March 18, Session II and our final deadline is Wednesday, April 6. To enter, please send your photograph to Dave Monti (dmontifish@verizon.net) along with the following information:

  1. The name of the photographer
  2. Where the photo was taken
  3. A brief 1 – 2 sentence description of the photograph


Event Participants: University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of OceanographyCoastal Resources CenterRhode Island Sea GrantRhode Island Saltwater Anglers AssociationNOAA Northeast Fisheries Science CenterØrstedAmerican Saltwater Guides AssociationOcean ConservancyRhode Island Marine Trades Association, and Safe Harbor Marinas.

Jennifer McCann is an organizer for the event series; her focus is coastal and ocean management policy and practice as Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the URI Coastal Resources Center and Director of Extension for Rhode Island Sea Grant.

David Monti is a licensed charter captain serving in leadership roles on several marine- and fisheries-based boards and organizations, including the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association and the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council; he writes about recreational fisheries issues for several publications, including The Providence Journal.

Header image photo credits: (1) Courtesy Neil Epstein, (2) Photo by Capt. John McMurray

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