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When you cast a "click" in these polls, it reminds me I'm not shipping these issues into the void. I always look at the responses too. Tickle my brain and share what you think 👇
🗳️Poll: Have you started a new job in the past 12 months?

After mishap, NOAA’s completes buoyancy engine tests for underwater glider

NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) concluded an underwater glider mission in a deep-water "test bed" off Golden Gardens park in Seattle. The engineering-focused mission tested a new buoyancy engine, which lets the glider move up and down, and a new sensor.

The PMEL team created a virtual mooring on Puget Sound and over the next few weeks, the glider tried to stay near that point.

"Everything went great!" said Cabot Zucker, a NOAA Corps officer assigned to PMEL.

Read more.

On the radar:

  • Russia's participation in the International Year of the Salmon is cut short when its research vessel was not allowed to refuel in Alaska due to sanctions. 🙌 Future Tides supporter Frances Bursch, who fishes each year in Bristol Bay, told me about the Year of the Salmon and asked, "I wonder how the Ukraine conflict will impact this effort?" A week later, we found out.
  • Cruise ships in Seattle, which sail north for Alaska, are controversial. The pandemic's impact on the cruise industry, local economies and now cruise infrastructure took another twist in 2020 when the Port of Seattle canceled plans for a new cruise terminal.

    The South Seattle Emerald recently published an Op-Ed by members of Seattle Cruise Control advocating the Port go further and phase out its remaining cruise business. 

    With cruise business still on the books, the Port is promoting its "mission to become the greenest port in North America and to phase out all seaport-related emissions by 2050." 🤔 The controversy will inevitably continue as the Port threads the needle between its businesses and environmental goals. It's hard to imagine these goals aligning when it comes to cruise ships.


In case the poll didn't give it away, I started my new job as online managing editor at KNKX last week.

I haven't been the newbie in years! Instead of organizing the onboarding, I'm the one being onboarded and trained. It's challenging but energizing.

This week, my Argon sailing crew took our San Juan 24 out on Lake Union for the first post-work sail of the season (Spring! Daylight!). All five of us changed jobs in the past year and several of our partners changed jobs too.

I've never been so trendy 😎

The working world aside, new jobs also change your routines, including boating. In an unexpected way, working on this issue of Future Tides felt familiar and routine. 

That caught me off guard and felt promising. I've been nervous about sustaining Future Tides through all this "new." Ultimately, I still see so many stories to write and questions to ask, so I can't help but keep at it.

Until next time,
- Cara

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