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Jan 2002
ST. SEBASTIAN RIVER - UNIQUE FISH HABITAT, AND UNIQUE FISH


   A few years ago, Dr. Grant Gilmore (formerly of Harbor Brach Oceanographic) spoke to us about his research on the unique fish species that are endemic to the St. Sebastian River. This month we will have a program that is a follow-up of sorts to that program. Three students at the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) have been working with assistance from Dr. Gilmore, on further research on the fish in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Sebastian River.
   The students are
Sarah Frias-Torres, Eric Reyier and Jynessa Dutka-Gianelli, and we hope that they all will be available to present brief details about the research they have been doing on the St. Sebastian and its fish. They will be telling us about the uniqueness of the St. Sebastian River and why there is such a diversity of fish species in our area. They will also tell us what they have been learning about the rare fish species we have in our area.
   Our January meeting is also our annual business meeting where we vote on our Board of Directors candidates. Please let us know if you are interested in being a board member. You can contact Tim Glover at 561-589-0636. The only requirement is to be a member, and have the time and interest to get involved!
   The program will be on
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 P.M. at the Roseland Community Center on Bay Street in Roseland. The Community Center is on the river at the end of 129th Place, which is the second right hand turn off Roseland Road after crossing the railroad tracks, going westbound from Route 1. All are invited and refreshments will be served.

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY CAUSE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN U.S. WETLANDS: STUDY


   Evidence suggests that climate change may have "significant impacts" on coastal and estuarine wetlands in the United States. So concludes a recent paper in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association.
   Historical trends and models of wetland changes in the Florida Big Bend region "indicate that salt water encroachment resulting from sea-level rise will result in large-scale losses of coastal marsh and sabal palm forests in this region during the next 100 years if sea-level (sic) accelerates as predicted by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)."

source: Burkett, V. (Chief, Forest Ecology Branch, National Wetlands Research Center,
              U.S. Geological Survey), and Kusler, J., 2000, "Climate change: potential
              impacts and interactions in wetlands of the United States", Journal of the
              American Water Resources Association 26(2): 313-319.