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Please check out the following stories about activities at Maritime Gloucester:

  • Sonic Sea - Making Headlines

    We are proud to present a viewing of the award winning documentary, Sonic Sea, followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Leila Hatch, marine ecologist at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and cast member and panelists Dr. Scott Kraus, Vice President and Senior Advisor, Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, New England Aquarium and Dr. Kathleen Vigness Raposa, Director of Environmental Services, Marine Acoustics, Inc.

    Visit our website to register to see and hear this amazing film at Shalin Liu on Thursday, October 6th. 

    Read about the film and the screening in the Gloucester Times.

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  • Catching Their Drift

    Rockport Middle School eighth-graders, from left, Perry Wilson, Clara Collins and Jordan Story get ready Tuesday to go out on the schooner Ardelle to drop their specially made ocean drifter devices into Gloucester Harbor to study currents. Each of the drifters included a note explaining its purpose and to ask whoever finds it to contact the group’s leader. The launch was a trial run to prepare for the launch later on of a device equipped with a GPS tracking device. The Rockport girls are the inaugural class of the Sea Lion Girls science club, started about five weeks ago at Maritime Gloucester. “The idea,” said Maritime Gloucester Executive Director Tom Balf, “is to create a club in which girls in middle school will be able to work together on marine science projects. It’s to keep girls interested in science and provide them with an environment that’s supportive and fun.”

    The club, supervised by Maritime Gloucester senior educator Amanda Madeira, meets every Tuesday afternoon. The girls work on their ocean drifter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) project and hear from female guest speakers who work in STEM professions.

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  • From necessity, delicious seafood invention

    Because restaurants sell 70 percent of the seafood consumed in the United States, chefs are hugely influential in creating market trends, so Latitude 43’s chef Ryder Ritchie wants you to know there’s nothing fishy about dogfish. Or, for that matter, monkfish. Or pogies, or skate, or pollock, hake, tusk, or even, once you get the hang of them, those ubiquitous little invasive crustaceans, green crabs.

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  • Monument Pros and Cons

    It was standing room only at a Maritime Gloucester forum on the topic of creating the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic.

    More than 80 people attended the MG Talks presentation Thursday on ocean planning and innovation on the waterfront. Panelists Vito Giacalone of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition and Peter Shelley of the Conservation Law Foundation offered differing views on the effort to designate the Cashes Ledge Closed Area off Gloucester and the New England Coral Can­yons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument. Photo by Desi Smith/GDT Staff Photos

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  • February Vacation Fun with Skates & Sharks

    Great kids, great program, great edudators were the ingredients to a wonderful February Vacation week at Maritime Gloucester. The Gloucester Daily Times stopped by and reported on the fun!

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  • Winter Can't Slow Us Down!

    Take a peek at what the Gloucester Daily Times has to say about our robust winter programming. Check our website often for registration and more information about upcoming programs and events. (Photo: M. Springer/GDT)


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  • Fall Field Trips Wrapping Up!

    Bivalvia, Asteroidea, Echinoidea.

    Fifth-graders from Beeman Elementary School learned those are the classifications for clams, sea stars or starfish, and sea urchins, respectively, during a field trip Wednesday to Maritime Gloucester as part of the center’s Ocean Explorers program.

    Besides learning how to classify sea creatures, the schoolchildren were able to get up close and personal with some specimens, studying the hundreds of tiny, transparent, adhesive “tube feet” of the sea star for instance. The children also took part in life science sessions in the center’s classroom and digital microscope lab.

    The marine ecology lessons the fifth-graders learned at Maritime Gloucester tie in with their regular science classes at school. During the winter, Maritime Gloucester educators will visit Beeman to develop and reinforce what the fifth-graders learned.

    In the spring, the schoolchildren will have a chance to go out on the center’s flagship, the pinky schooner Ardelle, and collect samples and conduct tests at sea.

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  • Empowering Peace

    Maritime Gloucester was pleased to host 120 young women from around the globe as part of a recent Women2Women leadership conference.  

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  • Gloucester Gig Rowers Head Across the Ocean!

    The Gloucester Gig Rowers will be representing the United States of America and are sending two teams to the World Pilot Gig Championships. The competition will take place in the Scilly Isles, off the coast of Cornwall, England, during the first weekend of May. 

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  • Sea Scouts Reunion

    George Grimes remembers his days in the Sea Scouts fondly, even if they were more than a half-century ago. ”I benefited from it a lot,” said Grimes, who authored the memoir “Water Under the Keel,” in which he discusses his Sea Scout days at length. “It was tremendous fun and taught me a lot. Like most things, you get out of it what you put into it.”

    On April 4, the day before Easter, Grimes plans on taking part in the reunion at Maritime Gloucester for all former Sea Scouts, the nautical arm of the Boy Scouts of America, from the North Shore. The reunion, organized by Maritime Gloucester and Gloucester-based North Shore Ship 5, will serve two purposes. As with all reunions, it will provide the platform for folks to reach back to earlier times in their lives and reconnect with those who shared those experiences.

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