The vessel has just over 20 students on board, along with the science faculty and crew.
SEA is a leading non-profit, independent educational institution focused on environmental studies and the world’s oceans.
While on the vessel, Tanga will become part of the team and be able to get hands-on experience in the SEA academic programme. The Robert C. Seamans is a 134-foot steel brigantine and is the most sophisticated oceanographic research/sailing school vessel ever built in the United States. The vessel has a wet/dry laboratory, classroom and library for the students.
“I’m excited. I’m prepared for this experience and ready to take it on and learn as much as I can over the next two weeks,” says Tanga.
Tanga, 22, recently graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Biodiversity, with a minor in Marine Biology and Pacific Studies.
She has been working for the Ministry for almost six months in the Offshore Division at the Oceans Monitoring Centre. Tanga spent a few months on an internship with us in early 2018 before deciding she wanted to return home after her studies and join a growing number of young Cook Islanders being recruited by MMR.
Tanga is the second staff member to be offered a placement as a Cook Islands observer on the Robert C Seamans.
In 2017, then intern Stella Marsters (now our Lab Technician Officer) was selected to be part of this exciting expedition.
Tanga will disembark the vessel in around two weeks’ time in Tongatapu, Tonga and return to Rarotonga.
Several MMR staff members visited the vessel on Tuesday and were given a tour of the vessel by SEA chief scientist professor Jan Witting, who also came along with his team to give us a presentation at our office. MMR extends its appreciation to the SEA for providing this opportunity again this year.
The team at MMR wish Tanga Morris all the best for the voyage ahead! - MMR Release