Blog : The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation Annual Cruise Fundraiser

By Craig | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

The ocean is a mysterious place. Covering over 70 percent of the planet’s surface, there is plenty of room for marine life under the blue rolling waves that surround us. It's the mission of The Blue Ocean Society to protect that marine life.

One of the ways The Blue Ocean Society works to sustain this mission is through their annual cruise fundraiser. July 8 marks the Ninth Annual Tropical Cruise onboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's flagship boat, the M/V Thomas Laighton. It's become a popular event for BOS who has seen a positive spike in attendance since the cruise's inception.

“We have previously held our cruises on a smaller vessel and, with the success of the event, have outgrown it,” said Brenna Bullis, Development Coordinator for the Blue Ocean Society.

The cruise is tropical themed, so make sure to wear your floral shirts and flip flips. Festivities include, but are not limited to, tropical tunes from DJ Ron Reid, dancing, light appetizers, a photo booth, silent auction, cash bar and raffle.

Boarding for the cruise starts at 6:20 p.m. at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock. The boat will leave promptly at 6:55 p.m., sailing the Piscataqua River at sunset, and return to the dock at 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event go to marine conservation.

“It should be a great night with friends and supporters old and new,” said Bullis.

Founded in 1996 by Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, The Blue Ocean Society's mission is to protect marine mammals through education, research, and conservation. Focusing primarily on the Gulf of Maine and in specific, an area named Jeffery’s Ledge, the Blue Ocean Society collects and studies a wealth of marine life in an area 20 miles from the New Hampshire coast. Kennedy and Schulte were awarded the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for their efforts in conservation, ocean health and education in 2007.

In addition to the extensive research conducted at Jeffery’s Ledge, the Blue Ocean Society also stages beach clean ups, documents whale locations and threats, and helps to educate the public about marine conservation at Blue Ocean Discovery Center on Hampton Beach.
In 2012 the Blue Ocean Society led 219 beach cleanups which also lead to the removal of 12,477 pounds of trash; including plastic products and discarded, harmful fishing gear.

Through documenting individual whales and keeping track of their locations, the Blue Ocean Society can work towards their conservation. This tracking helps calculate specific whale behavior and conservation threats. With hundreds of whale watches, it's possible for BOS to monitor the health of the whale population and note the threats to their habitat that could pose a risk to their safety.

The whale watches also bring in large numbers of people who want to learn about threats to whale populations and habitats. Stepping on-board with the Blue Ocean Society offers a hands-on, educational experience allowing passengers the chance to see for themselves just what it takes to protect our oceans.

Spreading this awareness is one of the reasons The Blue Ocean Society is a Business Partner with the Green Alliance, a locally driven union passionate about bringing together environmentally friendly businesses while also providing its members with discounts on green products and services. Two Green Alliance Green Families memberships will be offered during the cruise's silent auction.
Lead by a pure hearted mission, the Blue Ocean Society works hard to help marine life. With this cruise, the public is given a turn to help marine life.

Get your tickets for the Ninth Annual Tropical Cruise early for $20 by clicking here. Tickets purchased at the dock the day of are $25.

Green Alliance Members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! Also save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store (Just follow the link below, click on "store," and enter the promo code GA10)! Not a member? Click here to join!