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Cafe Scientifique

October 25, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

Annapolis Cafe Scientifique: A place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. At 49 West, CoffeeHouse, Winebar and Gallery.

Please reserve your seats by calling 410-626-9796, and if you reserve but decide not to come, please release your seats at the same number; thanks.


Dear Annapolis Cafe Scientifique Patrons,

Please join us next Thursday October 25, at 6:15pm at 49 West for the following presentation:

E-TOOLS for Chesapeake Bay Anglers and
Fisheries Outreach Update for 2018 fishing seasonby Erik Zlokovitz

Abstract: Erik Zlokovitz, recreational fisheries outreach coordinator for Maryland DNR, will give an update on a new “e-tool” for Anglers and other water sport enthusiasts in the Chesapeake Bay, known as “Click Before You Cast”. This is a new part of the popular “Eyes on the Bay Program”, which monitors weather and water conditions around the Bay and forecasts fish movements and habitat use, to help anglers catch more fish. Click before you cast is based on basic principles and these 8 steps: 1 – “Think like a fish”:  Understand water conditions and habitat areas your target, 2 – Eliminate areas outside preferred salinity range, 3 – Eliminate poorly oxygenated areas, 4 – Eliminate areas outside of preferred temperature range, 5 – Eliminate areas with poor clarity, 6 – In the remaining area, identify preferred habitat, 7 – Find moving water, 8 – Go fishing and catch fish! (Put in your time on the water!). Erik will also give an update on new regulations for circle hooks in the Bay, which is a conservation tool for striped bass, and he will also discuss other outreach efforts with Maryland’s angling public, including youth fishing initiatives. For more info, see the “Click Before You Cast” press release and website.

About the Speaker: Erik Zlokovitz grew up on Long Island, fishing Long Island Sound, Montauk and the Atlantic Ocean, and working as a mate on Party Boats. He attended Southampton College on Long Island, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science. After spending a year as an observer on commercial fishing boats, Erik moved to Maryland in 1996 and got a Masters degree in Fisheries Science, from the University of Maryland, at College Park and the Chesapeake Biological Lab. His research focused on migration patterns and PCB contamination in striped bass in the Hudson River, as determined by otolith chemistry. He worked in the striped bass program at MD DNR from 2000 to 2007, then at NOAA from 2007 to 2009, and then back to MD DNR Artificial Reefs and Recreational Fisheries Issues, from 2007 to 2015. Erik is currently the recreational fishing access, outreach, and promotion coordinator for MD DNR.

Hope to see you next Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:15pm, at 49 West! Please call (410-626-9796) and reserve you space; thanks!


Mark your calendars: We will take off in November and December for the holidays, but we will be back on January 31, 2019!



Tracy Gill and Andy Loftus


PS – Below are some great events sent by Carl Benson, of the Climate Stewards of Annapolis:

Climate Stewards,

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Candidates Forum on the Environment and Development October 23
The Climate Stewards are cosponsoring along with numerous local organizations a Candidates Forum on the Environment and Development.  This is a nonpartisan event for area voters to meet and hear from candidates for County Executive and County Council Districts 6 and 7 on the critical issues of our environment and growth and development. The discussion will be moderated by Dan Nataf, PhD, a professor at Anne Arundel Community College and Director of the Center for the Study of Local Issues. Terence Smith will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Terence is an Eastport resident and retired journalist who worked as a special correspondent at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and also worked for The New York Times and CBS News. The forum is on Tuesday, October 23 at the Bay Ridge Christian Church, 1071 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the forum begins at 7:00 PM.

What We Breathe – October 11
Don’t forget to join tomorrow to learn how what we breathe affects us and the lives of our children. Dangerously high levels of fine- and superfine- particulate matter air pollution is often found near busy roadway, power plants and airports. To see how you are affected click here.  Learn how citizen scientists can measure this air pollution. Strategize together regarding how we can have state and local officials curb air pollution and fight climate change!
We will hear from: Dr. Sacoby WilsonMaryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and
Tamara Toles O’LaughlinMaryland Environmental Health Network.
We will discuss how to monitor air pollution from our transportation system and what our governments can do to curb air pollution and fight climate change.  Bring your friends, invite your doctor!  The discussion will be at 7 PM at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House.  For our flyer click here.  To RSVP click here.

Business Meeting – October 18
Please join us to plan our future events and local strategies to address climate change at our next business meeting on Thursday, October 18, at 7 PM at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House.

Other Events of Interest:

Parachutes for the Planet – October 13
As you are likely aware, Parachutes for the Planet is a collection of artwork made by youth all over the world to express their hopes for a sustainable future. Please join Parachutes for the Planet for a FREE festival and outdoor display of international environmental art. We will lift our collective voices to express our hopes for a sustainable future through art, music, dance, and community engagement. At the Georgetown Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 13, from 11 AM-4 PM, over 200 parachutes will be on display, representing the environmental concerns of youth from 6 continents, 30 countries, and 28 US States. We would love to share the display with the local community and celebrate the energy and creative vision of this dynamic upcoming generation of leaders. For more information click here.

Environment and Health Briefings
The Maryland Environmental Health Network is hosting a series of briefings from October through December prior to the 2018-2019 legislative session.  You can register for these webinars by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing you at some of these events.  Thanks for all you do to protect our common climate.




October 25, 2018
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm