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SEA Currents: News

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu
SEA Semester

Recent SEA graduates Maddie Taylor (C-264) and Corey Wrinn (C-257), and former SEA Associate Professor (and SEA alumna, C-142) Dr. Amy Siuda (now at Eckerd College) attended a meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) in Grand Cayman earlier this month to present the results of their research related to drifting Sargassum.

The GCFI is a forum that brings together scientific, government, and commercial stakeholders to share scientific findings to better understand and manage the marine ecosystem of the Caribbean and Gulf region.

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SEA Semester in the News
Sargassum Watch Warns of Incoming Seaweed

SEA Semester professors Deborah Goodwin, Jeffrey Schell and Amy Siuda contributed to this Eos article on efforts to track Sargassum - including by satellite and from the deck of the SSV Corwith Cramer - to better understand and mitigate the recent phenomenon of Sargassum beaching events.

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SEA Semester in the News:
Three ways the Northeastern community is addressing ocean plastics pollution
By Greg St. Martin

World Oceans Day is Wednesday, and events held around the world will cel­e­brate the planet’s oceans and raise aware­ness of the ways society can honor, pro­tect, and con­serve them. This year’s theme of “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” is meant to pro­mote the pre­ven­tion of marine plastic pollution.

Stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff at North­eastern are engaged in numerous research projects across many dis­ci­plines and other efforts around cli­mate change, marine sci­ence, and urban coastal sustainability—particularly through the Marine Sci­ence Center in Nahant, Mass­a­chu­setts. Here are three ways mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity are already focused on ocean plastic pollution.

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Valerie Falconieri, A Watch, SEA Semester Admissions Counselor
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Greetings from the Corwith Cramer! We are currently anchored off of Aquidneck Island on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island. An anchor watch is currently in effect which means that the watch responsibilities we had at sea have changed to fit the needs of the ship. On anchor watch, we continue doing boat/safety checks in addition to taking bearings from objects on land and checking the ranges on the radar to make sure the boat is not dragging. We will be heading to Newport on Tuesday.

Kathleen McKeegan, A Watch, Whitman College
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

I would just like to preface this blog post with a quick statement: I absolutely love being out at sea! Every day has been an adventure and the whole experience is incredibly rewarding. With that being said, there have definitely been moments, especially at 3 or 4 in the morning, when I’m half asleep and looking through a microscope, counting copepod after copepod after copepod, wondering why on earth I’m sitting in the dark lab and not fast asleep in my bunk. However, today made every dawn watch, every bruise, every policy paper completely worth it.

Isabella Du Mond, Smith College
SEA Semester

Living on the Cramer has filled our lives with many exciting moments≈today specifically was full of amazing moments. My day started out with morning watch, where I shadowed the C watch mate, Rebecca Johnson. Initially, watch seemed to be moving along like most other morning watches on deck, we scrubbed the deck, wrote out the weather, and did boat checks, while the lab persons did science. However, our morning policy class was interrupted by something we have been lacking: clumps of Sargassum!



Kat Running, B Watch, American University
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Today when I first went up on deck for watch (0650), I knew something was different. By 0900 I had figured it out. The water was grey, not the brilliant blue we were all used to. Of course, I questioned myself and had to ask my mate, Scott, if the water was a different color. He kind of rolled his eyes at me saying “yes…” as if it should have been obvious. I replied that I didn’t like it and he laughed. We had entered the Gulf Steam overnight! I was a little sad I missed it.

Pedro Silva, A Watch, University of the Azores
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Hi everyone, here is the Portuguese guy speaking/talking/righting to you. The swells keep on rocking and rolling the ship from side to side and leaving their mark on the crew…either by rocking them to sleep (I’m not saying that that is my case!...although it might be…) or simply by throwing stuff from side to side and making progress on science and navigational work slower. Sea-sickness seems to have disappeared from the crew, everyone is doing way better!

Taylor Hallowell, C-Watch, Amherst College
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

09 May 16, 10:27- Someone told me I look tan. (This is not common occurrence, as I am typically either extremely pale or have a peeling sun burn.)

The westerly winds we have begun to encounter have continued to make for some of our best sailing. For a few hours this morning we were traveling at about 7 knots, a relatively high speed for us thus far. The large swells from yesterday have carried over into today, with some as high as 12 feet.

Robin Petersen-Rockney, B-Watch, Oberlin College
Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Well, the storm passed and we are under way. It was fairly clear and sunny this morning when we woke up and we made our final preparations for leaving the Isle of Bermuda. This involved waking up early and getting back into our normal watch schedule. We pulled up dock lines, took off sail ties, and prepped the boat to get underway. It almost went off without a hitch, but the anchor we had set out to keep us off the dock during the previous days’ wind and rain had dug deep and required quite a bit of hauling and maneuvering of the boat to pull up.

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