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Mar 7, 2014


Location: Underway to Borneo
Author: Laurie Chong
Today we found ourselves surrounded by blue waters once again. After the fast pace of the previous day and the long night watches, we awoke this morning feeling like Jakarta had passed by in the blink of an eye and now we’re back to ‘normal’ – life at sea with our watch teams and daily routine. One nice deviation from that routine, was our chefs Caroline and Hunter making huge trays of pancakes for breakfast this morning – a nice surprise from the expectation of cereal. After a tuna salad sandwich lunch, shipmates buckled down for the afternoon’s classes. In Marine Biology, it was time for group presentations on the state of fisheries in different countries we have visited on this trip – Anna, Mark and Hunter did a great job presenting on fisheries in Thailand, with special attention to the squid boats we saw all over the place at the start of the trip. Shannon, Max and Desiree shared information about the overfishing that took place in Malaysia and how it is starting to recover. Mandy, Caroline and Joe taught us about the tuna fishery in the Maldives. Katie, Morgan, Richard and Giulia taught us about the destructive fishing practices that take place in Indonesia, where we currently are. This was followed by more lessons in navigation in the MTE course. A delicious dinner of chicken satay later, we find another night of watch approaching as we steam and sail on to Borneo. PS. Happy Belated Birthday Charlie 🙂