Free Science Cafe
Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Free. “Down on A Watery Farm; Lessons Learned by a Local Shell-Fisher & The Hurdles That Lie Ahead.” The New Bedford Science Café is pleased to announce that our next guest will be Seth Garfield, aquaculturist and co-founder of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms.
Att Greasy Luck Brewpub, 791 Purchase St., New Bedford. Open to everyone. Free, except for beer and food! (Come early & place an order!)
Seth and Dorothy Garfield began one of New England’s first off-bottom oyster farms 37 years ago, Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, which today offers up the famous Cuttyhunk Oyster. Seth will discuss how the operation has evolved to keep pace with environmental changes, consumer demands, new business practices and governmental regulations. He’ll shed light on the day-to-day chores of growing oysters in cages raised a foot or so off the bottom over the course of four New England seasons, and how this model differs from floating or intertidal models. Massachusetts shell-fishing laws haven’t been updated since the 1970s. Seth will share his thoughts about what we and our local reps can do to ensure the growth of oyster farms. And he’ll provide tips about the area’s freshest and tastiest oysters. Anytime you ask the waitstaff where oysters on the menu come from, “if they don’t know, don’t eat them,” he advises.
Seth is on the Board of Trustees of the Mass. Aquaculture Assoc. and a member of the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Leadership Council, and also teaches science at Friends Academy. He’s the Town of Gosnold’s Fire Chief and Cuttyhunk Island’s Rescue Coordinator.
What is a Science Café? There are dozens, if not hundreds, worldwide. They are informal gatherings, often at a pub or restaurant, between a local scientist or expert who sheds light on a certain topic and anyone interested. Café-goers range from techies to those with little exposure to science. For more info: 508-984-1955. Keep track of events by visiting http://www.nbsciencecafe.com or join our FaceBook page (New Bedford Science Café).
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