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Society, Environment, and the Sea: Reading the Currents of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

Mark Wiest

Mark is the Assistant Director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance and a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Washington College.   Mark has worked on three vessels in a professional capacity: the Washington College research vessel Callinectes under Captain Michael Gosman, the educational vessel Commencement under Captain Michael Vlahovich, and the fishing vessel Sunlight III under Captain Anthony Vlahovich.  Mark has experience in the maintenance and restoration of traditional wooden vessels and looks forward to educating students about his trade.   Mark will serve as your lead instructor and the mate of Commencement.  He is a certified Wilderness First Responder.


Mike Vlahovich 

Mike is a native of Tacoma, WA and is from a commercial fishing family.  He has extensive experience in the region as both a commercial fishermen and as a guide on charter cruises.  He is the former owner of Commencement and is the shipwright who completed the major restoration of the vessel and continues to supervise the annual maintenance in his capacity as Director of the Coastal Heritage Alliance.  Mike has resided in Maryland for 15 years and is well respected as an educator having worked at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, worked closely with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and lectured for the Chesapeake Semester for the past 4 years about his career as a shipwright as well as an elected official in the town of St. Michaels, MD.  He is a USGC licensed Captain and has traveled to Mexico, New Zealand, and Europe on commercial vessels.  Mike will serve as the relief captain and trip leader.


Anthony Vlahovich

Anthony is the skipper of the fishing vessel Sunlight III and is in charge of CHA West Coast operations.  In addition to his extensive experience in Bristol Bay, Alaska, Anthony has also fished the Bering Sea, Southeast Alaska, and California.  He has worked in a professional capacity onboard numerous fishing vessels and onboard the Commencement during charter trips to Alaska and in Puget Sound.   He will serve as captain.


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