Discovering the Ocean’s Value

San Pedro Today, April 2016

AltaSea, LA Maritime Institute and Reef Check collaborate on the Student Ocean Scientists program.

By Monica Simpson

“All hands to dockline!” bellows Captain Rob Laymon to his crew onboard the two-masted brigantine docked at Berth 78. The crew members scramble around deck scurrying to assigned positions as the tall ship Exy Johnson prepares to set sail in the Harbor. Excited middle school students stand on the lookout near the stern and bow, waving goodbye to Ports O’ Call as they head out past the breakwater into the open blue Pacific.


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