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Sea State Series

Since 2006, we’ve invited scientists, seafood experts, authors, fishermen, and others to lead important conversations about the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and economy as part of our Sea State event series.  

After reimagining our Cohen Center for Interactive Learning for the all-new LabVenture experience, we’re excited to continue the Sea State tradition with some notable updates.

Along with the physical changes to the space, we’re updating the learning experience for attendees to make it less formal and more interactive. That means we’ll break from the traditional lecture style to incorporate more small-group discussion and other interactive elements.

Here are some other important changes:

  • Repeat sessions: In the past, we’ve featured a series of separate presentations from guest lecturers. This time around, we’re going to offer several instances of the same presentations and group discussions, to help make the discussions accessible to a larger audience. That means you’ll likely want to choose one session per series, rather than attending them all.
  • Internal and external speakers: Rather than relying entirely on a single speaker, we’ll feature a GMRI staff voice alongside one of our many partners — including fishermen, aquaculture farmers, scientists, fisheries managers, educators and others. We hope to provide a useful framework for understanding important issues related to the Gulf of Maine and some perspective from the partners we engage with on those issues.
  • Reception with refreshments: Enjoy refreshments during a brief reception just before the program begins. Guests will enjoy complimentary beverages and have a brief opportunity to connect prior to the event.
  • Tickets for sale: We’re asking for attendees to purchase tickets for $8 ahead of time, or $10 at the door. The price of the tickets will help pay for an improved space and program experience.

This winter, we hope you'll join us for a new Sea State series in which we’ll discuss how you can support a healthy Gulf of Maine ecosystem and economy by choosing and eating more local seafood. Over the course of three repeat sessions, our staff and seafood partners will share success stories from businesses that are empowering consumers to choose seafood they can feel good about.

Miss a lecture? Explore the Sea State Archives and see recorded presentations on topics such as right whales, bluefin tuna, climate change, and the history of the Portland Waterfront.

Questions? Please contact Brenda Downs at [email protected] or (207) 228-1699.