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June 29, 2013

Great Misery Island just got closer for residents

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“We look forward to developing a partnership with Sea Station to bring marine education to children and adults,” said Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch.

At the moment, Medlock is just getting started.

It took him almost two years to secure local and state approvals, many from Salem, which granted use of the Salem Willows Pier, which was damaged in a storm, forcing Medlock to shift to the public dock in Marblehead.

In its first two weeks of operation, Sea Shuttle trips have been hampered by the weather and the delayed start of an online reservation system at www.sea-shuttle.com.

Although Sea Shuttle is the entertainment side of the enterprise, Medlock hopes it will take off so that his educational endeavors can succeed.

The ultimate goal, he said, is “about understanding the treasure we have in our backyard and taking care of it ... And if you can’t get out there and see if, it’s hard to understand it and impossible to take care of it.”

Tom Dalton can be reached at tdalton@salemnews.com.

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