New England Wildlife Through The Lens of a Local Legend | Shaped By The Sea

March 23, 2021

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New England's coastline has changed significantly through the years, and Ron Watson has been a firsthand witness, both above and below sea level. Ron comes to the table with great stories from his life working as a professional diver, wildlife photographer, and volunteer for marine conservation organizations. We discuss the power that a simple photograph has in bringing joy to people who need it, and what cold-water surfing used to look like before the advent of modern wetsuit technologies! Join our philosophical conversations about the need for a conservation ethic in wildlife photography, and how passion, drive, and focus can pave the way for a career in marine conservation. As humans become increasingly inspired by the beauty of our natural world, education will be critical to ensuring that we don't 'love' wildlife to death.

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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.