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The ocean is important to me because...

Today we spent the morning hiking and taking in our new surroundings of Setubal and the adjacent National Park of Arrabida (which includes a protected forest area and marine sanctuary).  From our new professors, we learned about the local flora and fauna, took in breathtaking views of the coastline, and played games on the beach which helped us grapple with specific conflicts in environmental conservation.  The students reflected on these lessons and were challenged to develop and deliver their opinions regarding the dynamic relationship between the ocean and human wants.


Though we ponder how on earth this incredible experience is already half way over, we can now see more clearly how the pieces of this complex aquaculture puzzle are coming together.


Stay tuned!



Morning hike



Learning the different plant species 



Nation Park of Arrabida