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Marine Program Pier Is Nearly Finished; Will Be Used by Mid-November

October 31, 2007

Work on a new pier to support UNH’s marine research projects is nearing completion on Fort Point in New Castle.

The structure is in place and the floating dock guide piles, which mount to the south side of the pier, will be installed within the next couple of weeks. The first use of the pier is scheduled for mid-November when researchers will load fish food onto Meriel B. support vessel and take it out to the open ocean aquaculture pens.

Photo gallery of the project

The pier will support he UNH Marine Program, the Cooperative Institute for New England Mariculture and Fisheries (CINEMar), the Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), the UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), the Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC), the Coastal Ocean Observation and Analysis (COOA) program, and the UNH Sea Grant Program.

It will also be the home port for the new NOAA ocean mapping SWATH vessel, which should be delivered in late-2008. A floating dock system will provide berthing for smaller research vessels.

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