SEA Currents: News
September 22, 2017
Together with the rest of the world, we at SEA have followed news of the hurricanes that have caused such widespread destruction and loss in the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to our friends and collaborators and to the communities affected by the devastation.
Because communications have been interrupted, we still don’t have complete information about the well-being of our Caribbean friends and the condition of many of the places we regularly visit, though we are working hard to find out more. We can report, however, that the SSV Corwith Cramer was not in the region (it is currently in Belfast, Maine) and so our own SEA students and crew were not directly affected.
Many of our former students and staff have forged close relationships with people and places in the hurricane zone, including the US Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Puerto Rico. They share a passion for the Caribbean and have asked how they can help.
While SEA is not a relief organization, we are reaching out to our partners and collaborators on those islands affected to determine how our skills and expertise can most meaningfully assist in the recovery process.
Meanwhile, the best way to help is to support those organizations with the resources and expertise to do the most good. For information on direct assistance, please visit https://www.usaid.gov/irma.
As communications are restored and we learn more about how our friends in the region have fared, we will keep you updated.
While the destruction caused by these storms has required us to alter our fall program cruise tracks, no programs have been cancelled. We will continue to fly the SEA flag in the Caribbean and remain dedicated to the stewardship of the ocean environment and continued cultivation of academic partnerships there.