I have recently joined the board of Rozalia Project, a boots on the ground group of dedicated sailors and interns running programs along the New England coast with the mission of teaching young people the importance of our oceans. There are many different programs within Rozalia’s mission but this is the most visible. For the last 4 years there have been numerous beaches, coves and harbors cleaned and analyzed with the help of an ROV, a quad pro and numerous volunteers. Bits of trash are carefully collected, sorted and counted, sources determined and solutions discussed and published.
We spent World Ocean Day in Boston, with Rachel and the interns driving the ROV around the harbor so that visitors could see how much trash collects right there at the dock. We also saw fish and crabs which totally captivated the imagination of the people who stopped by. Children especially got very excited as the tiny robot explored underwater, and this will be where much of the difference in how we view our oceans will take root. If we can catch their imaginations now, they will continue to be aware through all of their lives. As always happens, several small people announced that they were now going to be marine biologists after coming to understand what was under the surface. Of course there is a world of adventures that they will have between here and there so we shall see, but for the moment it is a great idea!
I will be posting more of their features on this site, along with some of my own adventures on the 62′ American Promise, now a living research lab and home to not one, but two (huge) Newffies! You haven’t lived until you have seen one of these 140lb guys climb from a tender over a fender, over the gunwales and under the safety lines with four people pulling and pushing. It is quite a scene, but an integral part of life aboard with this intrepid crew!
The link below goes to a feature video on Expedition Clean featuring Rachel Miller. There are other features which I will post shortly. There is an RSS feed that you can click to get these automatically, or you can get posts on Rozalia Project’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/RozaliaProject