SEA Currents: coral reefs
December 22, 2021
Interviews and Human Census Data
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 20, 2021
The Vitality of Local and Indigenous Stakeholders in Fishery and Marine Policy Making
Greetings to our faithful blog readers and to Professor Erin Bryant!
December 13, 2021
Local Communities, MPAs, and Tourism in the USVI
Hello everyone! We are So Hess and Kyaralind Vasquez-Liriano. Our blog post will be centering on the policy brief we created during the shore component at Woods Hole.
December 12, 2021
Ground-truthing Ridge to Reef Policy in St. Croix
While on land in Massachusetts, C-301 chose policy topics to take a deep research dive, writing multi-page policy briefs and developing a presentation you may have attended last month. We chose to examine ridge to reef policy in St. Croix, zeroing in on watershed policies and waste management practices and considering their impacts on marine systems.
Once on the ground in St. Croix, our student community had the opportunity to interview a handful of policy makers and experts who allowed us to ground-truth much of our research.
December 08, 2021
Nurseries and Neighbors: Methods to bridge the labor and class divide
Coral counts are diminishing around the world. Here in the USVI, bleaching and disease has had a devastating impact on coral populations, especially the staghorn and elkhorn species of coral. In order to help reverse these disastrous effects, coral nurseries have started to be implemented.
December 06, 2021
Opportunities for Artificial Reefs in St. Croix
Today, we will be talking about potential artificial reefs in St. Croix, USVI. In our Ocean Science and Public Policy course during the onshore component in Woods Hole we wrote a policy brief on the frameworks of installing artificial reefs in the US Virgin Islands. Then when we headed to St. Croix, we talked with local researchers at the East End Marine Park about the impact of artificial reefs on St. Croix’s marine protected areas.
December 05, 2021
The beginning of the journey is the end
I spend a certain amount of time writing on Cramer but not academically. Sometimes, just simply peeking at the tempestuous ocean and greenish islands carries my thoughts afar,and thus the writing begins; sometimes, writing a few sentences to friends on different watches brings me happiness for the day.
December 02, 2021
Going out to sea… and back again
Today was our day to move bays once again, but this time we did it differently. Usually, we just motor from one bay to the next and it usually only takes the morning.
November 30, 2021
Ode to Zooplankton
Cramer is sleepy today as she rocks back and forth at anchor. We arrived in St. Thomas yesterday after a short sail from Francis Bay, St. John. We still have a little bit of the bay with us, sitting in jars and bottles ready to be processed and analyzed. Two of those bottles are mine, filled with green-brown murky water, a strikingly different color than the rich teal sea they were collected from. Inside my vials, hundreds of plankton swim and float, causing the muddy color.
November 22, 2021
Last Day On Land - Until we meet again, St. Croix!
It has been a pretty eventful weekend. Yesterday we had our first full day off and spent it doing laundry, finishing our case studies for LDE, and preparing our presentations for today.