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February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day “Family Fun Excursion”

Jessica Freedman, C Watch, University of Rhode Island

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

My last day in Port Fitzroy began with a wonderful 0014 Happy Birthday wake up from Jenny, a traditional apple vinegar birthday shot with our wonderful Steward, Lauren and a birthday hongi from Scoop.

After breakfast and the first happy birthday singing of the day, we took advantage of the nice weather with a “Family Fun Excursion” on land led by Sarianna and Stu. After packing up our pumpkin muffins and water, Will and Willie zipped us over to land in the rescue boats. We first did a transect of the intertidal zone, led by Adelle to observe rocky shore marine species.


February 13, 2015

Winter Storm Alert

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015:
We are busy preparing for what an upcoming winter storm is expected to bring to the Cape & Islands this weekend. For nearly 45 years and over one million nautical miles, SEA has thoughtfully and continuously honed its safety policies and procedures to minimize risk. We operate under a philosophy of prevention but prepare for and are capable of a broad spectrum of response.

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February 13, 2015

A Day of Firsts

Emily Tokarowski, C Watch, Stonehill College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Although we have been working within our watch groups since day one, today was our first taste of “real” watch life.  At 0600, the Morning Watch (C Watch) was woken up for the first breakfast and began their first 6-hour watch!  Following Morning Watch began another 6-hour watch called Afternoon Watch.  Then three 4-hour watches are held throughout the night until Morning Watch begins again.

On this first Morning Watch, the mains’l, the main stays’l, and the fore stays’l, were set


February 12, 2015

Underway!...and some serious science-ing

Conor Mook, B Watch, Williams College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

First and most importantly, Happy Birthday Mom!  Since we are one day ahead here you get two birthdays!  I hope you have a great day and that the snow isn’t piling up too much.

After another calm night of dock watch alongside Princes Wharf in Auckland, we at long last prepared to cast off and hit (somewhat) open water.  First in this preparation was a series of safety drills—the highlight of which was an opportunity to once again don our immersion suits (a.k.a. Gumby suits)—to make sure we all know what to do in the case of an emergency.


February 12, 2015

SEA Research Professor Co-Authors New Study in Science

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New study in Science calculates amount of plastic waste going into the ocean
8 million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans per year

Woods Hole, MA – Millions of tiny bits of plastic swirl around the ocean, carried far offshore by ocean currents and with few clues about their origin.  It has long been suspected that much of this plastic started out as trash on land, but exactly how much un-captured plastic waste is making its way from land to ocean has been a decades-long guessing game. Now, a team of researchers working at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at University of California, Santa Barbara, has put a number on the global problem.

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February 11, 2015

SEA Semester Alumni Recognized at Regional AFS Conference

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Congratulations to three SEA Semester alumni who recently received the 2015 Best Student Poster Award at the New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference in Lake Placid, New York!


February 11, 2015

Auckland, City of Volcanoes

Tyler Hampton, C Watch, University of New Hampshire

Today we were accompanied on our bus tour of Auckland by Joseph Fagan from the University of Auckland, who shared with us his knowledge about the local geology, geography, cultural sites, and tourism industry. Our first stop was at Mt. Eden, a volcanic cone (one of many) protruding from the surrounding city. After a short walk to the top we were gifted with a beautiful panoramic view of ocean, the harbor, buildings, and surrounding topography. Joe had plenty to add on the site’s history as a Maori fortified village and its role as a tourist attraction.


February 11, 2015

Bio Bay, Vieques

Richard King, Williams-Mystic

A watch has the deck now as the rest of the ship finishes up their science projects or catches a nap before this morning’s science “conference,” during which students will present and interpret the data we collected during our three primary stations during our voyage: one in deep water, one in slope water, and one in more shallow, coastal water. Rani Onyango (Williams) is at the wheel as I write, steering the ship. The other members of her watch, Aramis Sanchez (Williams), Kevin Ferreira (SUNY Maritime), Stella Klema (Smith), and Emily Volkmann (Smith) are up forward with the first mate and their assistant scientist striking, setting, and adjusting sails in order to alter course from sailing downwind, to a more westerly course that is closer to the wind.

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February 10, 2015

SEA Semester Wins 2014 “Sea Education Program of the Year”

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At its annual conference last weekend in Philadelphia, Tall Ships America presented SEA with the prestigious award of 2014 Sea Education Program of the Year. This prize is “awarded to a program offered by a current member of Tall Ships America which has significantly contributed to the educational credibility of programs under sail.”


February 10, 2015

Exploring Auckland!

Natasha “Scoop” Kaufman, B Watch, Boston University

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

We awoke bright and early this morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast, courtesy of steward Lauren, before setting off on a walking tour of Auckland. Our tour, led by Mary, brought us to the neighboring Queens Wharf and over to the Wynyard Quarter. As we learned about Auckland’s different waterfront areas, many of our fellow students shared information they had learned in their studies for our “Maritime History and Culture” course. We also got a great perspective on the importance of the city’s commercial industries.


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