Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ocean Exploration Cruise - Sunday June 11, 2017


Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 8 am - 2 pm
Location: 7 Seas Whale Watch, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 
Vessel: Privateer IV

Registration Link for Trip

NOAA Forecast Link:

7 Seas Whale Watch website

NECWA website

Liability Waiver

Our spring Ocean Exploration Cruise is a GO for this coming Sunday, June 11th from 8 am to 2 pm. We ride aboard the Privateer IV, which is owned and operated by 7 Seas Whale Watch, out of Gloucester, MA located at 63 Rogers Street. You will have to pay for parking so bring small bills, etc. 

Guest Naturalists: I am looking forward to seeing everyone offshore as well as working with our amazing Guest Naturalists for this trip that include: Wayne Petersen, Jim Sweeney, Thomas Robben, and Dr. Adrian Jordan. These experts are also donating their time offshore and we greatly thank them for their efforts on NECWA's behalf. 

Our Ocean Exploration Cruises are an annual fundraising event for NECWA. We are a small, grassroots nonprofit that is all-volunteer and you will meet some of those volunteers onboard the boat this coming Sunday. Any money raised by this event (minus trip expenses) will be used to purchase field gear for this season's field work, including accurate GPS units, a Phantom drone, inflatable paddle board, kayak, and field calipers. In this way, your participation directly supports research, education, and conservation activities in the New England area. 

Update on June 4, 2017 - Hi. Our trip is a GO for Sunday. Tickets are still available so please let friends, family, and colleagues know about this fundraising event. Here are some recent updates about the trip. Best, Krill
  • Where do I find updates about the trip? NECWA will provide updates about Sunday's trip by sending emails through our Constant Contact Event Site and by posting on our NECWA News blog at
  • What can I bring onboard the boat? You can bring any food or drink onboard the boat, but no alcoholic beverages. Please don't bring a large cooler as space will be limited on the boat. 
  • What should I wear when offshore? Dress in layers and dress for the weather. This trip runs in the rain or shine so dress accordingly. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. And don't forget your binoculars and your camera!
  • Who do I contact with questions or issues? If you have any questions or concerns about this trip, please contact Krill at or call her cell phone at 508-369-8303.
  • Contributing to NECWA's onboard Nature Raffle: If you would like to donate a new or gently used item to NECWA's free onboard nature raffle, please bring it to the boat on Sunday morning and give to any NECWA staff or intern. Thank you in advance for your donation. 
  • Activities that will be conducted offshore: If time and weather allows, we will conduct a plankton tow offshore as well as chum for seabirds. We always collect sighting data and photographic images on all the marine wildlife seen offshore. This year, NECWA interns will also conduct a marine debris survey over the course of the trip.
  • What about Weather Issues? We will all be keeping our eye on the weather for Sunday and you can as well by checking the marine forecast from NOAA. Click the link above. 
Update on June 7, 2017 - Hi. Everyone needs to fill out a trip liability waiver. Here is the information that you need. Dear Ocean Lovers:

Our trip is this Sunday June 11th.
Please send us your signed liability waiver document(s) as soon as possible, for you (AND for any guests/friends you may bring). 
You can find that waiver document at this internet address:

Download/print it, then fill it in and sign it, and send it to us either of these three ways:

1)   email a scanned/photographed image of it to:    ---OR
2)   send the original signed paper document by postal mail today to..... Thomas Robben, 172 Grandview Drive, Glastonbury, CT  06033     ---OR
3)   bring the signed document(s) with you to the ship on June 11th. 

Thank you,
Tom Robben