The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation recently inaugurated its Blue Beacon Series of lectures and panels, and the foundation has plans to hold its next events in Baltimore, Maryland and Detroit, Michigan this year.

The aim of the Blue Beacon Series is to shine a light on the greatest challenges facing the ocean and U.S. Great Lakes “to build communities of support for marine protected areas.”

The first event, held last December 11th at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, featured a discussion on “The Future of Marine Protected Areas in a Changing Climate” with Foundation President and CEO Kris Sarri moderating a panel with Mystic Aquarium Senior Research Scientist Dr. Peter Auster, University of Rhode Island Marine Affairs Professor Dr. Tracey Dalton, and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Research Coordinator Dr. Dave Wiley.

If you live near Baltimore or Detroit and want to find out when the next event will take place, sign up for updates at

(Photo credit: Cheryl Miller/Mystic Aquarium)

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