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HOLLINGS SCHOLAR BLOG from Charlie Azzarito

Week of June 3, 2024 Hello Alpena! I’m Charlie Azzarito, a rising senior at Florida State University (FSU) studying Anthropology. Throughout my time at FSU, I came to learn about archaeology and grew fond of the courses and opportunities available in Florida. One track in my major focused on underwater archaeology, the study of submerged [...]

By |2024-06-11T09:59:50-04:00June 11th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Visitors from the IJC and Fellow National Marine Sanctuaries in May

It wasn't planned, but maybe we subconsciously knew TOURISM WEEK was approaching when we said yes to welcoming two conferences to Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in May. The IJC - International Joint Commission is a bi-national organization between the United States and Canada created to manage and protect the Great Lakes, and chose Alpena [...]

By |2024-06-06T10:43:37-04:00June 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MATE Great Lakes ROV Competition Results

The power of teamwork doesn’t just show up on the basketball court or the soccer field, it is a driving force on ROV (underwater robot) teams as well, and it showed at the MATE Great Lakes Regional ROV Competition at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center on May 11th, 2024. Teams were tasked with demonstrating [...]

By |2024-05-22T10:35:37-04:00May 22nd, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MATE Great Lakes ROV Competition Results

CMU Shipwreck Central Class Road Trips to TBNMS!

"Being able to bring them here gives them a core place that they can come and engage others.  This experience tends to draw them back to learn more," Jay C. Martin Ph.D., professor of history at Central Michigan University The CMU Shipwreck Central class made a road trip to Alpena on Friday, April 5th to visit the [...]

By |2024-04-19T13:56:27-04:00April 19th, 2024|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CMU Shipwreck Central Class Road Trips to TBNMS!

High School Team Deploys Autonomous Mini Boat for Research

For the first time since 2019, students from StockbridgeHigh School’s InvenTeam were back in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS), this time deploying their mini boat, Fautasi, from the glass-bottom boat Lady Michigan on May 25, 2023. Four students and their mentor, Mr. Richards, are a part of Educational Passages, a program that teaches students about ocean currents, weather, and [...]

By |2023-06-05T09:28:05-04:00June 2nd, 2023|Education, Research|Comments Off on High School Team Deploys Autonomous Mini Boat for Research

ROV Competition Results

The results are in!  Today in Alpena, 13 student teams competed in the MATE Great Lakes Regional ROV Competition, hosted by NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. This annual event encourages students from all over the Great Lakes to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, communication, and math skills as they design and build underwater robots to [...]

By |2023-05-23T07:00:36-04:00May 23rd, 2023|Education, MATE ROV Competition|Comments Off on ROV Competition Results

Sanctuary Wins Top Sustainable Tourism Award

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary was recognized for their exemplary contributions to sustainable tourism practices with a "Pure Award" at the Pure Michigan Governor's Conference in Tourism. More than 600 tourism representatives, economic development professionals, and meeting planners from across Michigan convened at the annual conference in Grand Rapids to discuss and better understand the [...]

By |2023-04-14T08:59:53-04:00April 14th, 2023|Event, Governments, Management, Superintendent|Comments Off on Sanctuary Wins Top Sustainable Tourism Award

Researchers Discover Historic Shipwreck in Lake Huron

Researchers from NOAA, the state of Michigan, and Ocean Exploration Trust have discovered an intact shipwreck resting hundreds of feet below the surface of Lake Huron. Located within NOAA's Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the shipwreck has been identified as the sailing ship Ironton. Magnificently preserved by the cold freshwater of the Great Lakes, the [...]

By |2023-03-01T11:59:10-05:00March 1st, 2023|History, Management, Shipwrecks|Comments Off on Researchers Discover Historic Shipwreck in Lake Huron

Freshwater Acidification Monitoring Project Engages Students

Beginning in spring of 2022, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS) partnered with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research and Laboratory (GLERL) to establish the basis of a long-term monitoring program to measure Lake Huron water chemistry related to freshwater acidification and climate change. A noteworthy element of this project is the engagement of students and [...]

By |2023-02-22T09:17:49-05:00February 21st, 2023|Education|Comments Off on Freshwater Acidification Monitoring Project Engages Students

Spencer William Cootware

Alpena, MI. Our community sadly lost an important member of the Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on July 25, 2022. With sadness, we announce the unexpected passing of Captain Spencer W. Cootware of Naples, Florida. Spencer was born February 13, 1961, in Tupper Lake, New York to the late Harold and Lillian Cootware. [...]

By |2023-03-02T14:01:58-05:00August 8th, 2022|Alpena Shipwreck Tours|Comments Off on Spencer William Cootware
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