Sea-Link Petition is Front Page News

jslThe plight of the RV Seward-Johnson and Sea-Link submersibles made the front page at the Palm Beach Post yesterday. The article features interviews with Harbor Branch associate interim director Pete Tatro and former HBOI scientist Edie Widder, who’s logged more than 200 dives in the JSLs.

The story notes the research institution is being forced to cut 1 million dollars out of its budget next year, and at 600k/year, ditching the Seward Johnson is one of the easiest ways to do that. Mr. Tatro believes an ROV is a “less expensive answer to the same game.”

The point Tatro’s missing, it seems, is that the Seward-Johnson and the JSLs are a big part of what makes HBOI special and unique. Aside from the exceptional quality of the researchers, without those subs, you might say HBOI is just another research institution with an ROV. You can’t launch an ROV from the dock, either, sir.

The question I am asking is what’s the plan for replacement, who will fund that, and what are the transaction costs involved in selling one boat and buying another, with an ROV? My guess is you’re back at 600k in no time.

One Reply to “Sea-Link Petition is Front Page News”

  1. Have been locked out from one of these submarine 35 years ago at the depth of 250 feet during the SCORE experiment. It was a great experience!

    Jean M. Jaubert
    Ph D., D. Sc.,
    Professor of marine biology, University of Nice (retired) (France)
    Past Director, European oceanographic center (Council of Europe)
    Past Chief Scientist & Expedition Leader, The Cousteau Society (USA)
    Past Director, Monaco’s oceanographic Museum (Monaco)
    Parc Coromandel (Emeraude B)
    18, avenue Gravier
    06100 NICE (FRANCE)

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