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Aquarium Brown Bag Seminar - June

BioPark staff and field experts discuss conservation science during this informal lunchtime lecture.


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Jun 02, 2016
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

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Jun 02, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM


Aquarium Theater
2601 Central Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Join ABQ BioPark Aquarium Manager Holly Casman, who will talk about the destructive effects of the international shell trade.The international trade of seashells and other curios made from marine animals has some devastating consequences to ocean ecosystems and their inhabitants.  Every year millions of marine mollusks such as giant clams, queen conchs, chambered nautilus, whelks, tritons and helmets along with seahorses, sea stars, puffers and sharks are killed to become trinkets for the tourist industry. These animals are collected alive and boiled or soaked in acid to kill and clean them to become pretty seashells. In the process, delicate marine habitats such as coral reefs and seagrass beds are destroyed by the dredge nets used to harvest these creatures. Watch a YouTube video about the devastating effects of the shell trade

Also, join the ABQ BioPark for "Crush the Shell Trade" on June 8.

Brown Bag Lectures

This series of informal lunchtime lectures presents the science of conservation.  Brown Bag lectures take place twice a month on Thursdays and Saturdays, alternating between the Aquarium/BotanicGarden and the Zoo.

Brown Bag Lectures begin at 12:45 p.m.