News : Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Makes Green Headway

Sep 12, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Dave Anderson

For more than 20 years, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s (ISSCO) M/V Thomas Laighton has been connecting Seacoast residents and visitors with the ocean environment. On a typical cruise from Portsmouth Harbor to Star Island, passengers may be treated to sightings of Great Blue Herons, Harbor Seals, and even the occasional whale. 

“A lot of kids have their first experience with the ocean on board our ship,” according to Rich Ryzman, Marketing Manager for ISSCO.

But one doesn’t need to stray far from shore to enjoy close encounters with marine life. Each summer, ISSCO plays host to a dockside touch tank run by the Blue Ocean Society at its Market St. location in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

This year, visitors got up close with lobster and hermit crab while also learning about more obscure marine life like the periwinkle and mummichog. The touch tank closed a bit early this year in preparation for Hurricane Irene, but that hasn’t put a damper on ISSCO's efforts to protect these natural resources.

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