Ocean Survey Vessel Open House, Boston

From June 18-25, Coastal Zone Management (CZM) staff will be conducting an eight-day survey in Massachusetts Bay on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Ocean Survey Vessel Bold—a 224-foot converted U.S. Navy ocean surveillance ship that is specifically designed to help EPA conduct a wide range of environmental monitoring activities and perform onboard data analysis. CZM will be collecting samples of sediments and benthic organisms and shooting underwater videos of the seafloor to support the state’s ocean planning efforts. After the CZM survey, the Bold will be docked along the Harborwalk at Fan Pier between the Moakley Courthouse and the Institute for Contemporary Art, and on June 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EPA will host a free open house aboard the vessel. The Bold is staffed by a team of EPA scientists who conduct surveys with partner research institutions and government agencies to monitor and assess the health of coastal and ocean waters. In addition to demonstrations of how the Bold’s state-of-the art oceanographic equipment is used, scientists from partner agencies—CZM, the Massachusetts Bays Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston Urban Harbors Institute—will present information about recent research from coastal Massachusetts. There will also be a “touch tank” full of sea organisms from New England waters provided by the New England Aquarium. Kids of all ages will be able to see research equipment up close and learn from marine scientists and dive team members about the ship and ongoing research projects.

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