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    Gloucester addresses the future of fishing and seafood

    FISHING FOR ANSWERS: The future of fishing and seafood, sustainability, and seafood fraud are addressed in a series of public lectures being presented by Maritime Gloucester, a waterfront museum and marine science education center, starting next week.

    “The public is hungry to better understand these topics, and we are thrilled to bring the conversation to Maritime Gloucester,” said executive director Tom Balf

    The series will feature experts discussing how the latest industry changes are affecting both fishermen and consumers.


    “Fish, Fraud and Forensics” presented next Thursday features Sheila Jarnes, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  and Beth Daley, the lead reporter on The Boston Globe’s seafood fraud investigative team. They describe the emerging concern about the sale of misidentified seafood by restaurants and markets, and what measures are being taken to address it.

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    “Trawl to Table: Understanding Today’s Groundfisheries” on March 14 features Jen Levin,  with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and a spokeswoman for the Northeast Seafood Coalition. This is a discussion of commercial groundfishing methods, gear technologies, seafood transport, and the seafood needs of discerning markets.

    In “Sustainable Seafood Choices” on March 21, Allison McHale, with NOAA’s Fish Watch, and Heather Tausig, from New England Aquarium’s ocean-friendly seafood program, describe sustainable seafood purchases.

    And on March 28 there is a seafood restaurant crawl, with stops at locations throughout Greater Gloucester.

    Turner’s Seafood, which operates a retail fish market, a restaurant, and a wholesale fish processing facility in Gloucester, and is a partner in the Cape Ann Fresh Catch community-supported fishery program, is sponsoring the series of presentations.


    Each free lecture takes place at 7 p.m. at Maritime Gloucester, 23 Harbor Loop, off Route 127 on the Gloucester waterfront. 

    For more information, visit  and  

    LEADING WOMEN: A women’s history series being presented by BoomerVenture  in Andover at the town’s senior center, now known as the Center at Punchard, looks at a generation that came of age in the 1960s and 1970s, and that is now shaping the experience of aging baby boomers.

    “Now that the Laundry is Folded: On with the Revolution” on Tuesday features a ­local consciousness-raising pioneer, Phoebe Kwass, who describes Andover in the 1960s, on the cusp of the women’s revolution.

    On March 12, Rosemarie Webb talks about the challenges of being the first woman photographer for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune. 


    Joan Ditzion, author of a landmark book series “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” a primer for the women’s rights movement, is the keynote speaker for the series on March 19. Ditzion is an original founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, now known as Our Bodies Ourselves, and a co-author of all of the book’s updated versions, including the 40th-anniversary, ninth edition published in 2011.

    Ditzion is a geriatric social worker and educator. She is a member of the Life Planning Network,  is on the steering committee of the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of OWL (the Voice of Midlife and Older Women), and speaks and presents workshops across the country in continuing education programs, professional conferences, and community programs on the issues of aging women.

    On March 26, local descendents of Anne Bradstreet speak and there is a dramatic presentation by the Sunset Players of poems by Bradstreet, considered to be the first published ­female author in the American Colonies. 

    All presentations are at 1:30 p.m.; the fee for the series is $20, or $8 for the Ditzion program, according to the senior center’s newsletter.

    Preregistration is required; call 978- 623-8321 or visit  

    WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Qingjian Shi  of Somerville is the new executive director of

    Qingjian Shi

    English at Large, a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides free individual and small group English literacy instruction to adult immigrants in 21 communities, many north of Boston. Shi was born in China and moved to the United States at age 10. She and her family have firsthand experience of the language and cultural barriers that immigrants often encounter. Previously, she served as director of education and outreach at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. . . . Darcy Immerman  of Salem has been elected to the board of directors of Northeast Arc,  a Danvers-based nonprofit that provides lifelong support for people living with disabilities. Immerman, a senior vice president at AECOM, is serving as cochairwoman of the development committee at Arc.

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