Sound Environment

This section features updates from the many organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the ocean, both locally and globally, and information about how you can take action!

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Champion for the Sea: Combining a love for the ocean with a love of sailing

By Chris Szepessy

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What happens when you spend all your time on the water and you witness firsthand the negative effects humans have on the ocean? It makes sense that you would do everything you could to solve those problems in any way imaginable. This is exactly what Harvey DeMovick IV, an 8th grader at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, started doing at a very early age. Harvey’s been passionate about the ocean and all the marine life that…

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The Rise and Fall of Black Rock Harbor

By Chris Szepessy

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By Bill Lucey, Long Island Soundkeeper Talk to Kaye Williams, founder of Captain’s Cove Seaport at Black Rock Harbor in Bridgeport, CT, and you’ll soon learn a few history lessons. Black Rock was the port used by George Washington’s spies as they rowed across Long Island Sound to Setauket, New York and back, bringing information on British troop movements. (This story was popularized by the Netflix series Turn.) Black Rock is an ideal harbor, long and narrow, protecting…

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A Foray into “Slimology”

By Chris Szepessy

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Especially in marine water, the unwanted accumulation of microorganisms, algae and animals on wetted surfaces can be costly if not attended to regularly. For recreational or commercial boaters, the danger of transferring non-native species is added to the increase in fuel consumption and maintenance cost. The navies of the world are not immune to this plague either. One study roughly calculated the cost of coating, cleaning and fouling on the United States Navy’s destroyers (class DDG-51) to reach $1 billion over 15 years!

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Sharing the Seas: Safe Boating for Sailors and Whales

By Chris Szepessy

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Conservation efforts to protect marine mammals, especially large whales, continue to face great difficulties and, in some cases, have managed only marginal improvements. Most notably, only around 450 North Atlantic right whales survive today. Those that remain face serious human-induced threats such as vessel strikes, entanglement in fishing gear and habitat degradation.

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The Sea that Never Sleeps

By Benjamin Cesare

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That’s why New York State and the Mid-Atlantic region are moving full steam ahead with ocean planning. In 2013, the New York Department of State (DOS) finalized the Offshore Atlantic Ocean Study. Spanning from inshore waters to the edge of the continental shelf, this study compiled the most comprehensive dataset of physical, biological, geographic, and socioeconomic information available for the Atlantic Ocean waters offshore New York State.

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Newport Bermuda Race Partners with Sailors for the Sea to Achieve Clean Regattas Certification

By Chris Szepessy

“We are thrilled to support the Newport Bermuda Race in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection by serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director for Sailors for the Sea. “Working with the race and its approximately 1,500 sailors competing, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalize conservation efforts and foster ocean-friendly behavior.”

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