Get an Insider Look at the Impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill With a Leading Expert From the Region

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Find out the current impact of the Deepwater Horizon blowout on the environment and on our economy as Dr. Larry McKinney reveals his Institute’s latest research findings

The public and members of the press are invited to get an insider’s perspective on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and to find out why it matters today to California and the nation with leading expert Dr. Larry McKinney at the Aquarium of the Pacific. As director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Dr. McKinney and his team have been studying the environmental and economic impacts of the disaster. He will share their most recent findings and photos taken during their field work in the Gulf after the spill. Dr. McKinney will discuss the role of the Gulf as the nation’s fish market and gas station and the long-term impact of the spill on the people, the local economy, and the nation. Nearly 30 percent of the nation’s crude oil comes from the Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oil production, and 40 percent of the fish harvested in the lower 48 states come from that region.

Dr. McKinney is the executive director of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, where he leads an interdisciplinary team that integrates science, policy, and socioeconomic expertise to help assure an economically and environmentally sustainable Gulf. He also acts as state lead for the Ecosystem Assessment and Integration Team of the Gulf Alliance. He chairs the Flower Gardens National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Committee and the Texas Sea Grant Science Advisory Committee. Prior to assuming his current position Dr. McKinney directed environmental and marine fisheries programs at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). During his 23-year career there he acted as a state trustee for natural resources and built the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program, served as chair of the EPA Science Advisory Committee for the Gulf of Mexico Program, and directed oil spill response for TPWD. He also established over 30 marine protected areas of various types.

The event featuring Dr. Larry McKinney is Thurs., December 2, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Honda Theater, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Tickets for the event are $8 per person, $4 per Aquarium member. FREE for teachers & students with ID. Reservations recommended.

For additional information call (562) 590-3100 or visit the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

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