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SEA Currents: Jul 2019


July 28, 2019

First Sunday in town

Kelly Logan & Marlinee Pilkey, Shoreham Wading-River High School & Niskayuna High School

SEA Semester

After enjoying our extra hours of sleep, we ate a delicious breakfast prepared by Jared. The meal consisted of eggs, bacon, english muffins, french toast,  fruit salad, and potatoes.

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July 27, 2019

Boat trip!

Isabelle Rosenblum & Erik Geertsma, Waldorf School of Garden City & Easthampton High School

SEA Semester

Today we went to Penikese Island. To get there, we went on a boat called Richard S. Edwards.

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July 27, 2019

The sea and the stars

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Where to even start… Sheesh there are so many things I could write about, but I’ll keep it to just a few: Orona and the stars on the open ocean.

Orona was nothing short of absolutely spectacular, utterly unbelievable.


July 26, 2019

SUNY ESF Student Sails with SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
ESF Student Participates in SEA Semester
Mary Zarba conducts research aimed at protecting rare coral wilderness
SUNY ESF News

College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) student Mary Zarba is currently sailing with SEA Semester on a scientific research voyage to the remote Phoenix Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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July 26, 2019

WHOI Engineering Lab and Beach!

Franny Oppenheimer & Cece Dunham, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School & Wahconah Regional High School

SEA Semester

This morning, like all of our mornings so far, we woke up to a delicious breakfast made by our wonderful steward, Jared. We then had our daily watch meeting, where we learned to tie a new knot (the square knot!), and went off to do our morning chores.

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July 26, 2019

SEA Semester Alumni Selected as John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

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SEA Semester in the News
Woods Hole Sea Grant Sponsors Two 2020 Knauss Finalists
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Two candidates sponsored by the Woods Hole Sea Grant program are among the finalists for the 2020 class of the of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The announcement was made on July 24 by NOAA and the National Sea Grant College Program.

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July 26, 2019

The adventures continue!

Janell Donegan, A Watch, University of Utah

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What an exciting night we had!

As the previous blog posts have mentioned, we anchored at Orona two days ago, and the plan was to stay there until tomorrow morning.


July 25, 2019

Our first field trip day!

Elaina Berdyck & Owen Proulx, Mount Lebanon High School & Harbor High School

SEA Semester

This morning, we woke up to french toast and bacon courtesy of Jared. We left for New Bedford at 8:45 and we arrived at the Whaling Museum around 9:45. Liz met us there and gave us a tour of some of the exhibits, including a ⅓ scale model of a whaling ship.

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July 25, 2019

Adventure on Orona

Brandon Hopper, UC Santa Barbara

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We arrived at Orona yesterday afternoon after an unforgettable time on Kanton.  Today started around 6am with a beautiful sunrise and tasty chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes.  After some quick chores, our watch group packed up the small boat and made our way over to the beach.


July 24, 2019

SEA Semester’s PIPA Research Voyages Contribute to Important Study on Tuna Conservation

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Evidence and patterns of tuna spawning inside a large no-take Marine Protected Area, Scientific Report
Tuna are Spawning in Marine Protected Areas, MIT News

Can protected marine sanctuaries like the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) benefit highly migratory species, like tuna? That’s the topic of a report recently published in Scientific Reports.

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