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From Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:

Awesome Gloucester- The TV Show

The series premiere of  “Awesome Gloucester” airs tonight, Thursday, July 10 at 7pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Explore Gloucester and its awesomeness with host David Wesson and get an insiders look at baking bread at Virgilio’s Italian Bakery; explore the Maritime Gloucester tide pools with kids; and learn about distilling rum at Ryan & Wood Distilleries. This show is created by Lanesvillian Matt Morris, a filmmaker who loves this town and decided to make a television show about one of the coolest places on Earth.

The show also airs on Fridays at 3:30 pm; and Sundays at 5:00 pm.  See full Cape Ann TV Schedule here.

Adventure and Maritime Gloucester re-unite

Hi Joey,

Wednesday was a busy day for the Adventure.   Her crew finished repairing the stem and getting her ready to move.   She was re-launched at the evening high tide, and left GMR for her new at Gloucester Maritime on the Harbor Loop.   We had some friends and family come by to see us off.   Graham Makay once again captained the Adventure for her short ride across the harbor.   We were welcomed by our newly expanded family from Gloucester Maritime, with board members, family and friends from both organizations joining in a champagne toast.   A row crew also came out to give us an all oar salute.  Despite a bit of rain, the mood at the wharf was quite festive.   The Adventure’s Sarah Tuvim recognized that between the 2 organizations, we made a wonderful rainbow of raincoats to brighten our evening.

Mary Barker

People start pollution people can stop it

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Hey Joey,

Whether you fall on the side of these commercials are a prime example of greenwashing, this is SUCH a landmark PSA, let’s make another parody, or hey wait a minute Iron Eyes Cody was Sicilian?—people of a certain age remember seeing the Ad Council’s Keep America Beautiful ads. Lassie and Lady Bird Johnson were helping the campaign, too. Wildflowers and THE dog.

I was a kid. This tv spot was memorable and effective.

And this one. William Conrad voice over.

The Rozalia Project lecture at Maritime Gloucester for the kick-off event of the first Harbor community clean up reminded me of these ads. In a positive way! Highways look better. Now on to our shoreline and ocean floors. There was a photo of a crab trying to maneuver past sunglasses and various beverage cans in Newport that specifically brought those commercials back to me. Oh, and check your toothpaste and skin polishers – no poly anything ingredient. Trust me.

The next day following that lecture, clean up happened all around the harbor, right at the water’s edge, different neighborhoods, and even by boat. Kudos to Maritime Gloucester for organizing and Harbortown and Rocky Neck Cultural Districts and other partners and volunteers.

At Maritime Gloucester, the Rozalia Project robot, Hector the Collector, went to work while Audie Tarr and others set out in boats for some surface retrieval. Gig Rowers in action, too.


GloucesterCast With Guest Tom Balf From Maritime Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/27/14


GloucesterCast With Guest Tom Balf From Maritime Gloucester and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 3/27/14

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A Note from Tom Balf…

Maritime Gloucester has a fundraising dinner planned for Monday, March 31. Chefs from Turner’s Seafood and Latitude 43 will prepare a three-course meal highlighting underutilized, local seafood to showcase the best of what the waters off Gloucester have to offer.

This is an important event for Maritime Gloucester and, quite honestly, it’s more than a fundraiser. Let me explain.

Over the last two years, Maritime Gloucester has been increasingly active in supporting conversations and information sharing with respect to fisheries issues. We hosted a month long series of programs on sustainable seafood; we supported GMRI’s Trawl to Table workshop at our harbor campus; we hosted college groups from Endicott, Boston University and University of Rhode Island who wished to learned about Gloucester fisheries issues; and we taught lobster biology and the art of lobster trap building to high school students. We continue to work with various partners in the City in support of a sustainable fisheries and a thriving working waterfront. We have a clear role — Maritime Gloucester can convene, engage, provoke, facilitate and educate. We plan to begin that task in earnest this summer with a new, fisheries exhibit.

So you see, while this is a fundraiser, we are looking for strength in numbers – no easy task on a Monday night in March – to validate Maritime Gloucester’s instinct that it can honor 400 years of maritime fishing history, utilize contemporary communication tools and educational techniques, and host in this community the setting for a seafood table that has the potential to nourish all.

We hope you can join us at that table. Plus, it will be fun and tasty.

Tom Balf
Executive Director
Maritime Gloucester

February Vacation Week at Maritime Gloucester

2nd – 5th Grade, weekdays 1:00-3:00
$20 per session for Non-Members, $15 for Members, all are drop-off programs
All programs are run on-site in our classroom, 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA
To register, click the sessions below or call 978-281-0470

Monday, February 17: Recycled Boats
We’ve all heard of a ship in a bottle, but what about a ship made from a bottle?  Students will build their own boats using recyclable materials.  What makes a better boat, a water bottle pontoon boat or a juice carton skiff?  As we discuss the importance of recycling, we’ll learn about real boats that have been built from recycled materials.

Tuesday, February 18: Scrimshaw and Whale Tails
Did you know that humpback whales are named after patterns on their tails?  We’ll look at whale bones and learn about whale and dolphin species found in New England and beyond.  Students will also learn about sperm whales and scrimshaw by handling real whale teeth and creating their own scrimshawed candles to take home.

Wednesday, February 19: Recycled Sea Creatures
Can you transform a water bottle into a fish, or a plastic plate into a sea turtle?  Using a variety of recyclable materials, students will create their own sea creature sculptures to take home.  We’ll look at a vast collection shells, bones, and exoskeletons for inspiration and discuss sea creature adaptations.  As we talk about the importance of recycling, we’ll look at pictures of sea creature art made from recycled materials, such as marine debris and water bottles.

Thursday, February 20: Ice and Snow Science
Does this time of year have you thinking of ice and snow?  Students will learn all about ice through a variety of icy experiments, challenges, and projects.  After looking at how salt affects ice, students will create saltwater paintings to take home.  We’ll also learn about how arctic and Antarctic sea creatures have adapted to survive at extreme temperatures.

Friday, February 21: Rube Goldberg Machines
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was known for drawing complex yet impractical machines, involving multiple steps to accomplish simple tasks.  After looking at Goldberg’s humorous comics for inspiration, students will engineer a Rube Goldberg machine.  Using marbles, Lego bricks, wooden blocks, dominoes, and much more, we’ll build and test intricate machines as we learn about energy, momentum, and engineering.


U, V, W, X, Y and Z Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

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Shaped like a flying saucer, the UFO Pleco looks like something straight out of a fifties sci-fi movie! These Chinese fish, part of the loach group, are found in fast-flowing streams rather than outer space.


The scary yet harmless vampire squid’s scientific name literally means vampire squid of Hell! Survivors from the Jurassic period, these mollusks have characteristics of both squid and octopus and shoot glowing mucus when alarmed.


The witch flounder is one of many flatfish found in local waters. We love teaching our Ocean Explorers about these amazing animals!


You can easily see the skeleton of the X-ray tetra! These fish are found in the Amazon River and live in large schools.


Named after the legendary monster, the Yeti crab was first discovered in 2005. These blind crustaceans live at depths of over 7,000 feet!


Zombie worms bore into whale bones using acid! These strange sea creatures remove nutrients from the bones in order to feed.





R, S, T, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

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These sea ravens were photographed in our Aquarium! Local lobstermen often find these bottom-dwelling fish in their traps.


Skeleton shrimp are small relatives of crabs and lobsters. Commonly found along our docks, this creepy crustaceans was photographed in our digital microscope lab.


The highly aggressive terror cichlid lives up to its name, as it will eat any fish that fits in its mouth and will even attack its own kind! This Halloween-colored fish is found in South American rivers.



N, O, P, Q, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

 N, O, P, Q, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

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The monstrous New England sea serpent, also known as the Gloucester sea serpent, was allegedly seen in Gloucester Harbor in 1817. Kids painted a 20-foot long wooden sea serpent during our Marine Halloween party!


The ornate ghost pipefish is related to seahorses. These tropical fish use their long snouts to feed on tiny crustaceans, such as shrimp.


Pumpkinseeds are a type of freshwater sunfish found throughout North America. These fish are named for the seed-shaped spot on their gill covers.


Gecarcinus quadratus is commonly known as the Halloween crab. Found from Mexico to Peru, these nocturnal crabs live on land but must return to the ocean to breed.


K, L, M, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

K, L, M,  Martime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween 2013

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The legendary kraken was said to live off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Many believe the myth was based on sightings of actual giant squid, which are known to reach about 40 feet in length!


Much like Jack O’ Lanterns, lanternfish are known for lighting up the dark! These deep sea fishes have numerous light-producing organs called photophores.


The masked pufferfish lives in coral reefs of the Red Sea, and it looks like it’s always in costume! What do you, or your children, have planned for your Halloween costumes this year?


H, I, J, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween

H, I, J, Maritime Gloucester Celebrates Halloween

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The Halloween hermit crab is a Hawaiian crustacean that feeds on algae. Could there be a more perfect Halloween sea creature?


The Indian ghost is a catfish found in the rivers of Southeast Asia. This fish lack scales, and its transparency makes its skeleton perfectly visible!


The Japanese spider crab is the largest living member of the arthropod group, which includes crustaceans, insects, and spiders. These giant crabs can be 12 feet from claw to claw!


B,C,D Maritime Gloucester’s 13 Days Of Halloween

Marine Halloween at Maritime Gloucester

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The red-lipped batfish lives around the Galapagos Islands. A poor swimmer, it “walks” on the seafloor using specially-evolved fins!


The calico lobster in our Aquarium is the same species as Gloucester’s other lobsters, but she has a rare color mutation. Black with orange spots, her color is perfect for Halloween!


The devil fish is a giant ray found in the Mediterranean Sea. Named for their hornlike fins, these harmless fish can reach lengths of 17 feet!


Maritime Gloucester is Stepping it up on Social Media


Maritime Gloucester is Stepping it up on Social Media

Maritime Gloucester is celebrating Halloween on their Facebook page all month long. There’s a lot of scary looking fish in the Ocean that I’ve never heard of. You got to check  out the Great photos and information. Maritime Gloucester is really starting to emerge as a true Gloucester Treasure. Go to Facebook and like their page so you can be updated with all the great stuff going on down there on their Docks.


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Marine Halloween at Maritime Gloucester

Register here: https://maritimegloucester.org/orders/register2.php?id=47
Discover the spooky side of Gloucester’s marine life! During this family-friendly educational program, we’ll be offering monstrous art projects and a chance to meet some live local sea creatures. Learn about scary deep sea creatures and the giant marine life of the distant past as we create a Sea Monster Chalk Mural. Paint a 20-foot long wooden sea serpent and discover the legend of the Gloucester Sea Serpent, said to have visited Gloucester Harbor in 1817. During our Creature Feature, children will get a chance to touch or hold exciting sea life, such as spider crabs, sea stars, and lobsters, as they learn amazing facts about these animals. The event will be hosted in our newly renovated Marine Science Classroom, which now features a giant squid mural and a vast collection of shells and skeletons of the sea!


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