The Research Vessel Nancy K, a 55’ Great Lakes fishing tug built in 1951, will be moored here in Erie with the Bayfront Maritime Center vessels in the East Canal Basin for several days. Aboard are University of Michigan Research Scientists studying plastic pollution levels in Great Lakes waters. Most of these plastic particles are tiny and can only be seen through a microscope. What they’re looking for is a nearly invisible cloud of plastic particles near the surface. Fish can confuse it with food, or swallow it by accident. These plastic particles attract chemical pollutants and can carry toxins
Maritime education is starting to catch the eye of folks in Washington. The St. Lawrence Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and MARAD Executive Director Szabat addressed the Third Annual K-12 Maritime Education Symposium, as well as a great group of panelists from academia, government and industry. This year, we had all three existing Great Lakes maritime high schools participating, The Maritime Academy of Toledo, the Bayfront Maritime Center of Erie, and the Western New York Maritime School of Buffalo. We are excited to have attendees from Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland who are interested in opening a maritime high schools in
Rich Eisenberg represented the the Bayfront Maritime Centeron Tuesday at the 2014 Great Lakes Waterways Conference in Cleveland, as a presenter on the K-12 Maritime Education Panel.