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SEA Currents: Dec 2021

December 22, 2021

Interviews and Human Census Data

Emily Benson & Nathan Ruel, Hamilton College & Wheaton College


Hello to everyone reading our blogs! This is Emily Benson and Nathan Ruel, two students aboard the Cramer as part of the C-301 class.

December 21, 2021

A Solstice and a Swizzle

Alice Hough, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Happy Solstice! The sun has been spending less and less time in the sky recently; setting earlier and rising later as the Earth’s orbit tips the axis away from the sun.

December 21, 2021

After the Adventure

Jackie O’Malley, Steward-in-Training

As one of the stewards on board, I roll out of my bunk around 04:30 every other morning to make breakfast for the ship’s company. For a quiet and sleepy hour or so, I am just about the only person awake below deck, and this time alone in the galley inevitably fosters some good contemplation. As I remove the butcher paper from each carefully packed plum, I can’t help but notice the similarity to unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. When we anchored in Francis Bay I was surprised to notice holiday lights adorning the hills in the distance. I find it hard to fathom that back home my family and friends are experiencing snowfall, warm cocoa, and cozy sweaters.

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December 20, 2021

Anchored at Maalaea Bay (Maui)

Eva Hart, Guilford College


So many feelings to feel.
So many thoughts to think.
So many experiences to process.

December 20, 2021

The Vitality of Local and Indigenous Stakeholders in Fishery and Marine Policy Making

Victoria Scott & Macy Littell, Bates College & Wellesley College


Greetings to our faithful blog readers and to Professor Erin Bryant!

December 19, 2021


Carly Cooper, University of South Carolina


Today all started with our friendly local engineer waking me up an 0600 to stand anchor watch with a couple of my watchmates.

December 19, 2021


Maya Morales, Smith College

The pandemic has altered futures and disrupted many students’ academic paths and potential jobs. I find myself at the center of this. In 2020 we all assumed it would pass like everything else and we could go back to “normal.” I was a sophomore at Smith College full of drive and hope, applying to over 20 internships for the summer and looking forward to my study abroad the following spring in 2021. One by one, each internship got canceled, never knowing if I even qualified for any of them and still, I had hope.

December 18, 2021

MPA’s Fisheries, and The Real Ways We Can Improve Them

Mo Armstrong & Eli Rybbka, Carleton College & Allegheny College


While in St Croix we spent some of our time trying to ground-truth aspects of the policy brief we wrote during the shore portion of the semester. First, we think it is important to give a summary of the paper for those of you who didn’t read it. Our policy brief, “MPAs to Hope Spots: Creating More Effective Protections for Marine Environments,” focused on how we could potentially improve the effectiveness of MPAs by implementing different aspects of Hope Spots, which are large marine protected areas designed in partnership with local stakeholders and supported by the Mission Blue Sylvia Earle Alliance with science, expeditions, and communications.

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December 18, 2021

Rolling Down to Old Maui

Kira Becker, Northeastern University


This morning, instead of receiving the regular sort of wakeup relaying time, weather outside, and finishing off with Are you awake?

December 17, 2021

The Diamond of the Sky

Stevie Walker, Boston College


What an incredible past two days it has been on the Robert C. Seamans! We’ve had a lovely change of pace being anchored for the last two nights in Kealakekua Bay. While at anchor, our evening watch schedule is quite different; we stand hour-long watches in pairs rather than the normal six-hour watch with your entire watch. Needless to say, everyone was very thankful to get a full night’s rest.  For me, our time in the bay was the perfect way to celebrate our Pacific crossing. We also had two birthdays to celebrate – our 1st scientist Emily and chief engineer Nate! The galley team really brought their A game by cooking cheesecake and rainbow muffins for us all.

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