A Tour of New Hampshire's Seacoast Science Center

Sea Coast Science Center New Hampshire

On this episode of Shaped By The Sea, Brian Yurasits dials-in to catch up with Kate Leavitt and Ashley Stokes over at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire. Kate is the Director of Mission at the center, and has been spending the past 6 weeks working on a major transition. How do you transform a learning center that provides inquiry-based experiences with local marine life, into an online resource that reaches families in their own backyards? Sticking with the theme of adapting during a pandemic, Brian and Ashley spend the second half of today's show discussing how a marine mammal rescue team can continue providing much-needed care for protected wildlife in the face of beach closures and volunteer limitations. Will seals thrive on New England's newly-uncrowded coastline, or is a bigger problem brewing? Learn more about the Seacoast Science Center's Your Learning Connection, and Marine Mammal Rescue Program.



Brian Yurasits

A scientist - surfer- fisherman hybrid, Brian is on a mission to unite the world in protecting our planet's most valuable resource: a healthy ocean. At a young age, Brian taught himself how to surf while enjoying fishing on the weekends with his family. After spending time at NYU and Stony Brook University studying marine conservation and policy, Brian took to the sea as a fisheries observer where he documented the impact of industrial fishing on The Atlantic Ocean. The complex nature of the world's fishing industry has always fascinated Brian, especially the relationship between fishers and scientists. Brian realized that he could bridge the gap between these two historically combative groups, by bringing both to the table to discuss the future of fishing. Brian now finds himself working as Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager at Seacoast Science Center in New Hampshire where he is facilitating the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals.