Cruise Great Bay and the Isles of Shoals
Contact:  Kirsten Weir
NH Sea Grant
May 25, 2006

NOTE TO EDITORS: Members of the media are invited to join any cruise (see schedule below). Contact Dari Ward at 603.749.1565 or for more information.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Join the University of New Hampshire Marine Docents this summer for a day cruise aboard the university’s research vessel, the R/V Gulf Challenger. Find out what UNH researchers are learning about the marine and estuarine environments, and get up close and personal with coastal creatures and local history.

Learn about the history of New Hampshire’s seacoast aboard the Isles of Shoals Discovery Cruise. The Shoals Cruise includes a visit to Appledore Island and a tour of the Shoals Marine Lab. Or choose the Great Bay Discovery Cruise, which travels up the Piscataqua River into Little Bay/Great Bay Estuary. Marine Docents will lead activities such as catching plankton and testing water quality. The Great Bay Cruise also stops for a tour of the UNH Jackson Estuarine Laboratory.

Cruises cost $20 per person and leave the Portsmouth Fish Pier at 9 a.m. Children ages 10 and older are welcome with an adult. Space is limited – reserve your cruise now! For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Dari Ward at NH Sea Grant (603.749.1565;

Discovery Cruises are sponsored by NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Isles of Shoals Discovery Cruise:
(includes a stop at Appledore Island and Shoals Marine Laboratory)

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $20.00

SaturdayJune 10
SaturdayJune 24
SundayJuly 16
MondayJuly 17
SundayJuly 23
SundayJuly 30
SundayAugust 6
SundayAugust 20
SaturdayAugust 26
SundayAugust 27
SaturdaSeptember 9
SundaySeptember 10

Great Bay Discovery Cruise:
(Includes a stop at Jackson Estuarine Laboratory)

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: $20.00

SaturdayJuly 15
TuesdayJuly 25
SaturdayJuly 29
SaturdayAugust 12
SundayAugust 13
SaturdaySeptember 23

(Dates and availability are subject to change.)