Wednesday, September 26, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Simons IMAX® Theatre Lobby

 Join fellow members of The Tide for an intimate reception to mingle and talk with Kerstin Forsberg, Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow, and Rolex Laureate. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

Following the reception, stay for a public film screening of Kerstin and the Giant Manta Rays, featuring the Peruvian marine scientist and social entrepreneur, as well as a Q & A about and her pioneering efforts to protect giant oceanic manta rays in Peru. 

Kerstin Forsberg on boat

 Individual members of The Tide will receive two complimentary tickets and dual members receive four complimentary tickets. 

 Space is limited. RSVP to thetide@neaq.org by September 21, 2018.

The film Kerstin and the Giant Manta Rays features Peruvian marine scientist and social entrepreneur Kerstin Forsberg and her pioneering efforts to protect giant oceanic manta rays in Peru. To save these enigmatic species, which are globally threatened by overfishing and bycatch, Forsberg and her team at Planeta Océano garnered the help of local fishing communities, government officials, and international organizations. She also engaged teachers and schoolchildren throughout Peru in raising awareness and building appreciation for these gentle giants as flagship species of their country. Through leading these collaborative efforts, Forsberg brought about the full protection of manta rays in Peru in 2015. She received international recognition for her work, including a prestigious Whitley Award, and was named a Rolex Laureate and New England Aquarium Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow. However, Forsberg notes there is much more work to be done to continue this conservation success story and ensure a bright future for this iconic species.