Sea Talk Series
Concerns  with Maui’s Nearshore
Fish Resources and How You Can Get Involved
Presented by Russell Sparks
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Maui Ocean Center’s complimentary Sea Talk Series continues on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with an informative presentation on Maui’s fish resources and regulations by Aquatic Biologist, Russell Sparks. With many years of experience working in the field of marine biology, Sparks has been most recently involved in leading various resource management projects in Maui County, such as the current proposed Maui/Lana‘i regulated species bag and size limit rules. 
Sparks’ presentation will focus on providing outreach on newly proposed fishing regulations.  He will also present valuable information on how the public can get involved with the rule making process.
Sea Talks are held at Maui Ocean Center in the Open Ocean exhibit. Admission is complimentary with entry through the Aquarium’s front gate from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Seating is limited and given on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are recommended by calling
(808) 270-7088.
About the Speaker

Russell Sparks was raised in upcountry Maui and attended undergraduate college at Oregon State University.  Sparks obtained his master’s degree in marine biology from University of Hawaii at Manoa before beginning work at as a part-time commercial fisher.  In 1998, Sparks joined the start-up team at Maui Ocean Center under the Curatorial Department.  He then moved to Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources as an Education Specialist.  His current position is now as an Aquatic Biologist, overseeing the Maui Marine Monitoring Team and taking the lead on multiple resource management projects.  
The mission of Maui Ocean Center is to foster understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii's marine life. This state-of-the-art aquarium was named "Top-Rated Attraction in Hawaii" by Zagat Survey US Family Travel Guide, "Leader In Responsible Tourism" on the Top 100 Blue List by Islands Magazine, and "Best Environmental Attraction" by the readers of The Maui News. Open daily from 9 to 5, and from 9 to 6 in July and August. For more information please contact the Maui Ocean Center: 192 Ma'alaea Road; Ma'alaea, HI 96793; telephone (808)270-7000, facsimile (808)270-7070,
e-mail info@mauioceancenter.com or visit www.mauioceancenter.com.
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