We're heading back to our latest venue, SOLAS, where the drinks are special ($4 Margaritas, Mojitos, Sex on the Beach and draughts) and the talk is all about diving and the oceans. If this is your first happy hour, it's the perfect opportunity to break out and meet the other members, and if you're a veteran, come on down and see your old friends, have a few drinks, make some new ones, have some fun and learn something new at the same time!
JOIN US this month as we revisit one our most favorite (and most besieged) marine animal subjects, sharks! Our special guest speaker this month is marine biologist and PhD candidate, Mark Bond, who will tell us about a big shark research project conducted in Belize. You definitely will not want to miss it!
Shark Research in Belize:
Globally, populations of many shark species are in serious decline. They are increasingly being targeted by commercial fisheries to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup, a status symbol and delicacy in Asian cultures. This coupled with high numbers of by-catch from fisheries and the destruction of valuable nursery grounds for development means a serious conservation effort is required to prevent these creatures becoming extinct. Mark’s research focuses on what the ecological consequences of removing these apex predators are and what methods are effective at conserving them for future generations.
About Mark Bond:
Mark Bond was raised on the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, with a passion for watersports and marine biology. His admiration for sharks grew from his childhood fear of them as Cape Town is world famous for the “Flying Great Whites” or “Air Jaws”. While completing his undergraduate degree in Cardiff, UK, he completed an internship at the Bimini Biological Field Station or “Shark Lab” in the Bahamas, which solidified his love for sharks and made him aware of their ecological role in our oceans and the their need for conservation. He is currently working on his PhD at SUNY, Stony Brook with his research being based in Belize, Central America.
Come on down to Solas for April Happy Hour and:
- Learn about Mark's research project in Belize
- Have the RAWWWKING drink specials!
- Meet the other divers
- Find out about all the places we're diving the adventure in 2012
- Have fun, fun, FUN!
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