Cruising the San Juans & Sucia Island

Sep 15, 2017 - National Geographic Quest

We awoke as the ship cruised north along the western shore of San Juan Island. The sun had just broken over the island’s crest, as we breasted Lime Kiln Park, and approached Mosquito Pass. Clear blue skies and warm temperatures were an unseasonable treat we had not dared to expect. And yet here we were sipping coffee on the bow, in our shirt sleeves at the crack of dawn.  

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Jeff Campbell


Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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