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REF NO.: 4

SUBJECT: Marine Institute acts as port host for ocean health activists

DATE: Sept. 10,2009

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University welcomes the captain and crew of the Ocean Watch to St. John’s on Friday, Sept. 11, and invites the media to attend the boat’s arrival in the St. John’s Harbour.
The Ocean Watch is representing the Around the Americas project, an ocean environment initiative that aims to build awareness about ocean health on an international scale. As part of the Around the Americas project, the Ocean Watch will sail around the North and South American continents in a clockwise circumnavigation, utilizing the trip to engage and educate people in North and South America about ocean-health issues, using science-driven education materials and activities. The Ocean Watch will make 31 scheduled stops in 12 countries throughout its 13-month trip around North and South America. During each of these stops, the crew will interact with members of the local community to build awareness about changes occurring in our oceans and to discuss regional threats to the marine environment.
While in St. John’s, the crew of the Ocean Watch will host a Boat Open House and Exhibit Tent on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 11 across from the Fortis Building. The open house will include a live photo/video exhibit detailing the voyage, dockside demonstrations and displays featuring research equipment, and inquiry-based education activities for all ages focused on oceans health.
The crew will also tour the city, with scheduled stops at the Marine Institute and Memorial University’s Ocean Science Centre. In honour of the crew’s visit to St. John’s, the Marine Institute will host a public lecture on Monday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. in Hampton Hall. The featured speakers will be Dr. George Rose, professor of Fisheries Conservation at the Marine Institute and Mark Schrader, captain of the Ocean Watch.
In addition to Capt. Schrader, the Ocean Watch crew consists of David Logan, first mate, yacht preparation, on-board systems, logistics; Herb McCormick, watch captain, writer, education program coordinator; Dave Thoreson, watch captain, cameraman, photographer and Zeta Strickland, Around the Americas educator from the Pacific Science Centre in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about the Around the Americas project, visit www.aroundtheamericas.org.
 

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For more information, please contact Darcy MacRae, public relations/communications officer, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0677, (709) 687-2205, Darcy.MacRae@mi.mun.ca; Kimberley Thornhill, educational marketing co-ordinator, Fisheries and Marine Institute, at (709) 778-0544, (709) 691-9221, Kim.Thornhill@mi.mun.ca; Lauren Curley, communications officer, Around the Americas/East Coast, (781) 383-6406, lpcurley@comcast.net.
 

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