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The Case of the Sea Turtle Farm with Alison Rieser, Professor Emeriti, University of Maine School of Law

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Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta will host its Wednesday Lunch and Learn program on August 6 at 11:15am. Following the luncheon Alison Rieser, will present a program titled “The Case for the Sea Turtle Farm”. Rieser will tell the story of how scientists studying sea turtles in the 1960’s tried to save them from going extinct due to the popularity of green turtle soup. Alison’s program based on her 2012 book, The Case of the Green Turtle: An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon.

Since 2006, Rieser has been the Dai Ho Chun professor of ocean governance at the University of Hawai’i and director of the Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate
Program in the College of Social Sciences. She’s also professor emeriti at the University of Maine School of Law, where she taught environmental law and ocean and coastal law for over 20 years. Although Alison now teaches in a geography department, she considers herself only an accidental geographer: “my training and scholarship are in marine law and policy”. Alison notes on her webpage “I’m an environmental lawyer who focuses on the 71% of the planet that is covered by water and where most of the Earth’s species reside”. (

She earned a bachelor of science in human ecology from Cornell University in 1973 and a J.D. cum laude from The George Washington University School of Law in 1976. After law school and a brief stint as a lawyer for the U.S. oceans agency, Rieser was a post-doctoral fellow in marine policy and ocean management at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (est. 1930). She established a marine policy research program at the Marine Law Institute in Portland, Maine in 1980 and began law teaching in 1986; after teaching at the Maine Law School for three years, she returned to law school, earning an LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1990. In 1999 Alison became the only law professor to be named a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation.

Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon on Monday, August 4 to make your luncheon reservation (Baked Haddock). For those over 60 years of age the suggested donation is $5.00 per person. For all others Coastal Lunch and Learn program is an affordable dining choice at $6.00 per person.

Can’t make it to lunch? Community members are always welcome to attend the Center’s Wednesday Learn portion of the day’s Lunch and Learn program, which will begin at noon.

Before, during and after lunch Center visitors can also participate in and enjoy the following Wednesday programs:

TNT Whole Body Fitness: A new fitness class taught by senior fitness professional Robin Maginn that offers a total body workout. Drop in fee $5.

Heart Healthy Blood Pressure Clinic with registered nurse Jini Lewis, Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. FREE!

On Balance: Getting Stronger-Living Longer, Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Gentle exercises for strength, flexibility and balance with Robin Maginn for those who are a little bit timid or who haven’t exercised in a while. $4 per class. Sign-up and pay for lunch and the class is only $2.

Cribbage or Scrabble: After Lunch Pick-Up Games. Fee $1. Free for luncheon guests. Wednesdays, 1 PM.

Conversational French: Get Together with Suzanne Hedrick is a great way to renew your French language skills. Fee $5. Wednesdays, 1 PM.

If you’d like more information about these topics or Spectrum Generations or would like to schedule an interview with Alison Rieser please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at