Dr. Robin Hadlock Seeley will speak about marine habitat conservation in Maine Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Rockland.

Seeley is a Maine native and a marine scientist with the Shoals Marine Laboratory (Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire).

More than 100 species of birds, invertebrates and fish use intertidal rockweed (Ascophyllum) habitat, yet with the decline of traditional fisheries in Maine there is growing pressure to cut and process this seaweed habitat into products for agriculture. This lecture will review the importance of rockweed habitat in Maine to fish and wildlife as well as recent and ongoing efforts by the state of Maine to manage the rockweed industry.

There is no cost to attend. This lecture is sponsored by the Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands. For more information, contact Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands at 594-0600, ext. 5 or email fomsi@maineseabirds.org.