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Sea Stories 2017

Sea Stories is a day focused on exploration, conservation, scuba diving, shipwrecks, nautical history and marine life. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the ocean to interact. Tickets will NOT be sold at door.

9:00 AM Registration – coffee & continental breakfast
10:00 AM Presentations commence
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Presentations continue
5:00 PM Cocktail Party
7:00 PM Conclusion

Jennifer Hayes FN’03 - “Islands to Ice”

Pummeled by sturgeon and saved by seals, Ms. Hayes journeyed on a National Geographic assignment through the St. Lawrence Seaway from the 1,000 Islands to life in the ice with harp seals.

Ms. Hayes is a contributing photographer and speaker for National Geographic and also contributed to numerous global publications and authored/contributed to books on marine environments. She is an aquatic biologist and directed her focus to photojournalism specializing in natural history, conservation and the documentation of freshwater and marine environments.

Her academic passions lead to graduate degrees in marine ecology and zoology with research focused on shark finning and the population dynamics and movements of an ancient fish - sturgeon. Ms. Hayes is a trustee of the Shark Research Institute, editorial board advisor for Ocean Geographic and recipient of the President’s medal for contributions to the natural world.

Professor David Freestone - “Protecting the Golden Rain Forest of the Atlantic: the Sargasso Sea"

Dr. Freestone works with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and is Executive Secretary of the Sargasso Sea Commission seeking to put protection measures in place for this unique high sea ecosystem.

He is a Visiting Fellow and Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C., where he teaches international climate change law. Dr. Freestone is a co-Rapporteur of the International Law Association Committee on sea level rise and international law. He previously served at the World Bank as Chief Counsel and head of the environment and international law group.

Dr. Freestone is founding Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law and has written widely on international environmental law and law of the sea. He is the 2007 winner of the Elizabeth Haub Gold Medal for Environmental Law.

Erick Higuera - “Mexican Sapphire - Mexican Sapphire - the Astonishing Marine Life in the Waters of the Baja California Peninsula"

Mr. Higuera is an award winning underwater filmmaker, photographer and marine biologist exploring for over 20 years the waters of Guadalupe Island, the Sea of Cortez and the Revillagigedo Islands filming and photographing great white sharks, whales, dolphins, sailfish and other spectacles in the deep blue off Mexico's Pacific shores.

His work appeared on Discovery Channel, Shark Week, BBC, Shark BBC, BBC Blue Planet II, National Geographic, as well in the award-winning documentary feature México Pelagico.

He is the founder of KEPPBAJABLUE whose mission is to build awareness so that the world can share in the rich biodiversity of the Baja California peninsula. Mr. Higuera conducts scientific research with photo identification, satellite tagging, site fidelity, abundance estimates, and movements patterns of the Pacific Giant Mantas in México

Evan Kovacs - “Antikythera Shipwreck”

The Antikythera (circa 60 B.C.) is the richest ancient wreck ever discovered; yielding hundreds of works of art including bronze and marble statues that now fill galleries at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The wreck also relinquished a mysterious clockwork device, the Antikythera Mechanism.

Mr. Kovacs, with over 20 years diving experience, has been working alongside the archaeologists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Hellenic Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities, filming the discoveries.

He owns Marine Imaging Technologies, specializes in imaging the underwater world for documentary, science, and survey. He works with the WHOI and filmed with the deep submersible ALVIN, Pisces submersibles and with numerous ROV’s around the world. Mr. Kovacs helped build and operate numerous imaging systems to film for broadcast, museums, archaeologists and Institutions across the world.

Lars-Kristian Trellevik - “The Art of Doing Very Difficult Things at Awesome Ocean Depths”

Mr. Trellevik is the founder of Ginnungagap Exploration and his experience includes more than 20 successful salvage and research operations to depths between 3,500 and 5,500 meters.

Mr. Trellevik has been involved in high profile projects such as the engine recovery from the Apollo 11 spacecraft (4,200 meters), the silver cargo recovery from the Gairsoppa (4,750 meters), and Hot-Smokers Survey with the University of Bergen, (3,700 meters).

He is a geographer and a systems thinker. Mr. Trellevik has 15 years’ experience in the subsea industry as cartographer, surveyor, offshore manager and project/operations manager and focused on seabed survey and ultra-deep operations.

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes:

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Tickets are $65, if purchased after November 6: $70. Student tickets are $30, and $35 if purchased after November 6.

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