Speaker: Laurie Weitkamp, Research Fisheries Biologist, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Title: All things lamprey: biology, conservation, and brand new information on Pacific lamprey marine ecology
Description: The lampreys are ancient fishes that have gotten a bad rap because of invasive sea lamprey in the Great Lakes. Here on the West Coast, all 10 species of lampreys are native and many are either declining or of unknown status. In this talk, I'll review the diverse biology of West Coast lampreys, their cultural importance to Native American Tribes, and discuss the multi-faceted conservation efforts underway to reverse declines of lamprey populations. I'll also describe the new data we're assembling on Pacific lamprey caught in marine waters, which have greatly increased our knowledge of lamprey marine ecology. With this talk, I hope to convince you that lamprey are truly amazing animals and need your help to survive another 400 million years.
Thursday, August 6 at 3:30pm to 4:30pmVirtual Event