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December 14, 2015

At Anchor in Prince Rupert Bay, Portsmouth, Dominica

Janet McMahon & Anna Yoors, Sailing Interns

Oceans & Climate

After 27 straight days and nights of running before the wind, we arrived in Portsmouth at 0800 this morning. Captain Jason continues to astound me with his precision sailing - he said we’d anchor at 0800 and sure enough, we dropped the anchor 15 seconds before the hour.  I’ll leave a description of our arrival and the day’s highlights to Anna, who will add on to this entry.

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November 18, 2015

SEA Research Offers New Insight on Caribbean Seaweed Invasion

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

Massive quantities of Sargassum, a distinctive brown seaweed, have flooded Caribbean shores in recent years, setting off local concerns about economic impacts on fishing and tourism. The country of Trinidad has even declared these so-called inundation events to be a natural disaster. But little is understood about the ecological implications of Sargassum invasions or how they should be managed. New research published by Sea Education Association provides first-hand observations in support of these questions.

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October 06, 2015

SEA Semester Invites Students for Voyage to Cuba & Caribbean

Anne Broache, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

Surely you’ve read the latest news about changes in the complex relationship between the United States and Cuba. But did you know that we’ve been working during the past few months to offer future SEA Semester students the chance to return to this fascinating destination?

Pending government approval, students enrolled in SEA Semester: Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean for winter/spring term 2016 will make a port stop in Santiago de Cuba. The visit will be part of this broader comparative studies program, which gives students of all majors the chance to deepen their knowledge of cultural and environmental sustainability issues throughout the Caribbean.

There’s still space and financial aid available for this exciting program. Applications are due November 1.

May 07, 2015

SEA Semester Caribbean Voyage Featured by Boston College

SEA Semester

SEA Semester® in the News: “Sea Change”
The Boston College Chronicle | May 7, 2015

While his Boston College peers endured the snowiest winter on record this semester, junior Samuel Beard set sail for the Caribbean – but not on a pleasure cruise. One of 18 undergraduate participants in a Sea Education Association (SEA) interdisciplinary study program, he explored global issues of conservation and sustainability in the Caribbean region.

Read the full story here.

March 30, 2015

The Ship Rests

Sean S. Bercaw, Captain

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Alongside in Old San Juan, tucked in between the mighty cruise ships yet their passengers look upon us with envy as they wander by. Corwith Cramer now rests, having served her charges well. Over 2000 nautical miles sailed with nary a scratch. The students have now departed, headed off in a myriad of directions, some perhaps to never set foot aboard again, but that is the magic, for the ship and the sea are in their blood, and whether or not they ‘return to the sea,’ the evolution and the experience they’ve had lives on.

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March 21, 2015

Stocking up on food -  Searching for monkeys

Julio Ciani, Northeastern University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

I usually make my way to the grocery store to buy food for myself or for my apartment, so from 1 to 4 people. But I have never been asked to buy enough vegetables and fruit to feed 33 people. Becky, Lillian, Harmony and I headed to the bustling market this morning around 0800. We bought all sorts of grub, from lemons, to lettuce, tomatoes, to spices, to massive papayas, and to conclude a full stock of bananas that weighed 58 lbs which was quite ‘entertaining’ to carry through the busy streets of Grenada!

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March 20, 2015

Grenada Port Stop

Colin Terry, George Washington University

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Grenada has been delightfully welcoming!

Today we toured around the island of Grenada guided by a true professional - Mandoo Tours.  We had the privilege to visit an amazing, working spice factory (Douglaston Estate), unique hot springs, as well as a historic Friday Night Fish Fry celebration in the town of Gouyave.

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March 19, 2015

We’re good, but thank you anyway

Kathie Brill, Connecticut College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

“We’re good, but thank you anyway”, is a phrase we have used often on our Caribbean adventure in response to the many self-appointed “tour guides” and the local market venders who offer their services as we pass by on the street.

We were only approached a few times with these offers when wandering the streets of St. George in Grenada today.

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March 18, 2015

Some Visitors Aboard

Sam Wooster, University of Vermont

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

We’ve been anchored since yesterday morning just outside of St. George’s harbor, positioned at 12°02.9’ N X 61°45.6’W off of the Spice Island, also known as Grenada. Thankfully this time being firmly held in place by our two anchors. In the lee of the island, winds have been light, sometimes gusting to ten knots from the northeast, which have kept the Cramer pointed east towards St. George. I realized yesterday that this is the farthest south that I’ve ever been, and the strength of the sun down here is unbelievable.

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March 17, 2015

Green Eggs and Ham

Annie Reardon, Union College

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

After snorkeling we anchored! Our agenda for the afternoon was the long anticipated oceanography poster board project. Made through all hours and watches of the night with scavenged materials, our class produced resourceful and informative posters. But beyond our posters themselves was the palpable enthusiasm for each one of our topics. James spent hours mixing acid to identify smelly sediment.

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