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Science on Tap presents Shark Night
Start Date: 2/24/2015Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 2/24/2015

Event Description:
Dr. Demian Chapman, an assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, will arrive at the Stony Brook Yacht Club open bar with a bag full of shark fins. Your job, before the end of his conversation with host Steven Reiner, will be to identify the species the fins came from. You will be sharing the experience of customs officials around the world – but especially in Southeast Asia – trained by Demian and his wife, Debra Abercrombie, to spot the fins of endangered shark species being illegally imported for shark fin soup, which can fetch $100 a bowl in China.

The shark fin trade, estimated to kill millions of sharks every year, is only one of the reasons for the drastic decline in shark populations worldwide. Demian will explain how this affects the health of the oceans, why sharks don’t deserve their fearsome reputation, and they’ll describe their own experiences in capturing and tagging sharks to track their long-distance travels.

Sponsored by the Center for Communicating Science.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

Location:
Stony Brook Yacht Club
21 Shore Rd.
Stony Brook, NY

Doors open at 6:30 pm.
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