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July 31, 2019

Here’s to policy!

Henry Bell, Vice-Chief of Policy

Spend a Semester at Sea

As we guide our steadfast sailing vessel across the watery expanse of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, shipboard life teems with energy and excitement. A squall rips through the rigging on dawn watch as we scramble to strike the mains’l. Large, translucent lobster larvae and unidentified purple jellyfish are pulled up from the deep in our net tows

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December 14, 2017

Marine Spatial Planning Update

S-276 Conservation and Management Class

The Global Ocean

As ocean resources gain value to various different groups, a variety of stakeholders are vying for access and control of these ocean goods. Interested stakeholders range from fisherman to recreational users, conservationists, and industries such as shipping and oil acquisition. As the limited oceanic space becomes congested with these different interests, comprehensive planning is needed in order for them to co-exist safely across the marine environment.

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October 05, 2017

Snorkeling is school, right?

Amy Green, C Watch, Boston University

SPICE

Today was our first full day in Tonga! We spent the night tied up at the harbor in Neiafu after getting a chance to explore the town. Students stood hour long watches throughout the night, which was our first ‘opportunity’ to monitor the ship without the supervision of the staff. A.K.A the staff finally got a full night’s sleep.

This morning we were able to sleep in!

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May 14, 2017

Science and Policy Meet in Bermuda

Mark Howard Long, Ph. D., Associate Professor, History & Social Science

Marine Biodiversity & Conservation

Dear loyal readers,

After almost a week of field trips in Bermuda we are now making our way home. One of the aspects of teaching at SEA Semester that I find most rewarding is the way that we routinely examine the intersections between history, policy, science and exploration, all in an inter-/multi- disciplinary setting. Our time in Bermuda this week was spent investigating how all of these threads come together in this unique part of the world.

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August 18, 2016

PIPA student profiled in Brown University’s “News from Brown”

SEA Semester

SEA Semester in the News
In summer at sea, adventurous student continues a personal academic journey
By David Orenstein

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Peter Baek traces his inspiration as a scientist, pre-med student and explorer to a beloved movie.

“Ever since watching ‘Finding Nemo’ with my grandpa and dad, our love for fish and the ocean blossomed as every shelf around the house became occupied with aquariums,” said Baek, a rising sophomore at Brown University. “My fascination with fish ultimately led to my interest in science as I continued to get deeper into the water chemistry and biology of fish keeping. The passing of my grandpa from laryngeal cancer, however, transformed my interest of science to something deeper — the desire to pursue a career in oncology in dedication to my grandpa.”

Read the full story.

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August 16, 2016

SEA Semester students find signs of hope in remote Phoenix Islands

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

We like to say SEA Semester students adventure with a purpose.  Nowhere is that more true than on our recent expedition aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans to the rarely visited Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA), in the island nation of Kiribati. 

SEA Semester students, crew and scientists, led by SEA Professor of Oceanography Dr. Jan Witting, together with researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the New England Aquarium, sailed 1,600 miles across the Equatorial Pacific from Honolulu to reach the remote archipelago, one of the last coral wildernesses in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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August 12, 2016

On board the Robert C. Seamans

Jan Witting,, Chief Scientist, SEA Cruise S-268, Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

The sleek grey shape gliding into a patch of calm water next to our ship confirms the bow lookout’s call just a moment before.  A shark! And there it is, off our science deck, dorsal fin sticking out of the water, languidly, gracefully moving past us.  You can count four remoras clinging to its back, the hangers-on to this top dog of the pelagic, open-ocean ecosystem.  For that is where we are, two days out of PIPA, nearest land a tiny island in the Tokelau group and American Samoa five hundred miles away.

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August 02, 2016

Setting Sails and Finding Hope

Elena Sinagra, C Watch, Sarah Lawrence College

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

I have recently finished my first draft for my policy project after a lot of help from my policy class discussions.  My project attempts to explore ways to redistribute an allocation of fishing rights back to Kiribati, so their resources and profits could be internalized.  This differs from their current situation, lacking the infrastructure to cost effectively harvest the resource (mainly tuna) they sell the rights to fish in their EEZ to foreign vessels which often originate from the United States and Japan.

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July 29, 2016

The Policy Component

Henry Bell, Vice-Chief of Policy

Protecting the Phoenix Islands

Hi, folks! It’s time for something a little different today. This blog entry is brought to you not by a student, but by the grooviest marine policy teaching assistant this side of the equator. What’s marine policy, you say? And what is a policy TA doing aboard the Robert C. Seamans, a student sailing vessel better known for its salty watch officers, wizardly marine scientists, and a can-do crew of exceptional students? I’m glad you asked!

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July 14, 2016

SEA, New England Aquarium collaborate to study Phoenix Islands

Doug Karlson, communications@sea.edu

SEA Semester

Scientists from the New England Aquarium are currently on board the SSV Robert C. Seamans as she approaches the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) with SEA Semester class S-268. Our students and scientists, together with New England Aquarium scientists, will help gather data to help protect this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site – one of the world’s last remaining coral wildernesses.  Dr. Randi Rotjan, Associate Research Scientist at the New England Aquarium, Chief Scientist of the PIPA Conservation Trust and Co-Chair of the PIPA Scientific Advisory Committee, recently sent SEA President Peg Brandon the following letter, which summarizes our unique collaboration and explains why it’s so important….

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