The Future of Fisheries: Marine Protected Areas, Ecosystem Management, Climate Change and All That is the title of a free talk slated for Thursday, June 26, at 5 p.m. at the Chilmark Public Library.

Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, professor of natural resources policy and management and professor of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire, is the guest speaker.

He will discuss recent global and regional patterns in the status of marine fisheries as well as some of the major emerging themes related to the future of fisheries. Many fisheries have declined due to over-exploitation, habitat and ecosystem changes; fisheries management needs to change too.

In executive and research positions in Maryland and Massachusetts for the National Marine Fisheries Service of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Dr. Rosenberg has played a lead in recovery plans for New England fisheries which now are showing improvements on the Georges Bank and other fishing grounds.

He implemented protection plans for marine mammals such as harbor porpoises and right whales and endangered species like Atlantic salmon.

He has also served as U.S. delegate to the United Nations food and agricultural organization committee on fisheries.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the

Menemsha Fisheries Development Fund and the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library.

For details, call 508-645-3360.