The invaluable knowledge they [our ancestors] passed along was information they learned from their ancestors: how-to instructions, recipes, folklore, traditions, culture, natural medicines, family history. They demonstrated these skills by hand and through stories and oral lessons. Growing up, I did not know this as “traditional” or “local” knowledge – I accepted it simply as information I needed to know.

[Editor Dawn Roche]

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Call for Content

Would you like to share your research and experiences in the areas listed below with our readers? We are inviting the submission of technical papers, essays, and short articles for these issues. Contact for details.


Fall – Sharing the oceans: marine life and anthropogenic sound

Winter – Data tsunami: big data and the digital ocean


Spring – Better ocean understanding: navigating the tides of change

Summer – Marine spatial planning

Fall – Ocean exploration: launch into the deep

Winter – Ship design

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Parting Notes

Mussels at Play by Jennifer Young

Untitled by Susan Caines

Birds of a Feather by Lorna Yard