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By Sarah Amirani
Special to the Courier 

Dawson teacher hits the high seas


December 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of Melissa Barker Dawson biology teacher Melissa Barker recently returned from the Teacher at Sea program after researching fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dawson upper school biology teacher Melissa Barker was invited to participate in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program earlier this year.

Barker spent two weeks aboard the NOAA fisheries research vessel Oregon II in the Gulf of Mexico, working on the SEAMAP (Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program) Summer Groundfish Survey.

The objective was to monitor the size and distribution of shrimp and groundfish in the Gulf of Mexico. This survey is conducted twice each year, and the data helps scientists monitor trends in shrimp and fish abundan...

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