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BASK General Meeting at the Bay Model Museum Meeting Room, Saturday, September 30, 9-11 am

Join us in person to catch up on the latest club news, and hear from two Directors in Reef Check, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical coral reefs and temperate kelp forests.

We'll recognize new members, introduce upcoming paddles, and cover any new club business. After our feature presentation, there might even be a paddle—initiate a paddle yourself or check the BASK Calendar!

Our featured speakers are Dan Abbott, Director of the Kelp Forest Program, and Annie Bauer-Civiello, Director of the Reforestation Program of Reef Check. Dan studied Environmental Economics and Policy at U.C. Berkeley, and is Director of the Kelp Forest Program. He and his team are monitoring ocean forests in California, Oregon, and Washington, and are working to give scientists and marine managers the tools they need to protect and restore these valuable ecosystems.

Annie Bauer-Civiello received a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from the U.C. Santa Cruz, then studied abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia where she began to intern as a Project Officer for Reef Check Australia. She earned her Master of Science in marine biology, followed by a Ph.D. in environmental science at James Cook University in Australia, while also serving as the Great Barrier Reef Survey Coordinator for Reef Check Australia. After finishing her Ph.D., Annie became the Executive Officer of an Australian NGO, working closely with the Australian Government, research institutions, community organizations, and industry groups to improve waterway health in the Great Barrier Reef catchment. She has now brought her wide range of experience and knowledge back to California to assist the Reef Check Foundation and lead the Restoration Program.

Dan and Annie will discuss their efforts to promote stewardship of sustainable reef communities worldwide by organizing citizen scientists, promoting education programs about reefs and the ocean, and developing ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions for reef conservation and reforestation.

Got ideas for meetings or locations? Contact Cris Lewis, BASK President (