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Don't Like Fish Stocking? Look in the Reflecting Pool


Topic 14:

Thursday, June 3. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Happening in ECHO's salon, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Waterfront, Burlington, VT.

What is the value of the recreational fishing industry to the Lake Champlain Basin? Why do some of us in Vermont defend polluters while disparaging anglers? What is the overall condition of Vermont’s waters, and what are we—the Vermont citizens—doing individually to improve them or degrade them? Join James Ehlers, Executive Director, Lake Champlain International, Inc., as he leads a conversation that will explore the myths around the secret lives of stocked fish, their solitary pursuers, and the future of Lake Champlain restoration.

Cash bar with themed drink. FREE hors d'oeuvres. Event for 21+.


 

A little about James:

James Ehlers has literally been immersed and surrounded by water since a small boy. Clinging, with his 12-year-old cousin, to a capsized dinghy a half mile or more from shore informed and impressed upon, apparently for a lifetime, an eight-year-old Ehlers both water’s power and its promise. Decades later, and after years served as a naval officer, charter sailing captain, professional fishing and river guide, science teacher, and outdoor magazine editor and conservation writer, his appreciation for water is now even oceans larger than the imagination of that soggy, 8-year-old mind that aspired to sail the seas as captain of a wooden, whaling ship. Having overcome his disappointment with the lack of viable career opportunities for whaling, tall ship captains long ago, Ehlers now leads a water and fisheries conservation organization based in Colchester, Vermont—Lake Champlain International, Inc. He serves on numerous water-related committees on local, state, and national levels and speaks as often as people will listen on why a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain is the only acceptable option—fishing for stewards instead of whales.

James Ehlers, Executive Director, Lake Champlain International, Inc.
Fishing at sunset.

Some questions to get you thinking about the topic:

  • Which do you prefer: an open landscape or closed beaches? Why are both not feasible at present?
     
  • Why do some of us in Vermont defend polluters while disparaging anglers?
     
  • What is the overall condition of Vermont’s waters, and what are we — the Vermont citizens — doing individually to improve them or degrade them?
     
  • What is the value, both monetary and otherwise, of the recreational fishing industry to the Lake Champlain Basin?
     
  • What is the value of the recreational fishing industry, nationwide, relative to commercial fishing?
     
  • Why do we need salmon and trout more than milk?


Research topics for the event that might be of interest to you.

Cafe Scientifique questions or topic suggestions?
Please contact Linda Bowden at lbowden@echovermont.org

Our next Cafe Scientifique will be Thursday, September 9, 2010.

Café Scientifique is sponsored by:
Sigma Xi

 

 

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