The Maine Coastal Islands Visitors Center, 9 Water St., welcomes Georgie Burruss Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. for a talk about bonefish in the Bahamas. Anglers from around the world flock to the warm, shallow waters of the Bahamas for a shot at these grey ghosts. This recreational catch-and-release fishing industry generates more than $141 million annually for the Bahamian economy.

Bonefish currently experience threats from human-caused disturbance in the form of habitat loss, fishing pressure and predation. Since 2000, scientists have been studying their biology, habits and migrations, which have generated conservation measures in the Bahamas to protect this economically, ecologically and culturally important fishery.

Burruss has been studying bonefish across several Bahamian Islands for the past five years. She has worked with bonefish from their larval stage to adult reproduction using various research techniques, such as light traps, respirometry and acoustic telemetry. She currently works as a marine science and aquaculture teacher at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde. For more information, call 594-0600 ext. 5.