WATERTOWN — From the wrecks of ships, to the guts of fish, David G. White II has treasured educating people about our coastal areas and waterways for nearly 40 years.

In a few days, after 38 years, he’ll retire from his job as New York Sea Grant coastal recreation and tourism specialist, and he’ll look upon our shorelines and waterways a bit differently. But it won’t be with any less love or admiration for the region.

Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator

New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation Specialist David G. White II, wearing a flotation suit, holds a poster with some of the “Discover Clean & Safe Boating” messages he’s shared throughout his 38-year career. Courtesy of NY Sea Grant

Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator
Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator

In 2016, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation Specialist David G. White II, front, second from right, was invited to American Samoa to teach clean and safe boating practices to a dive response team, with which he poses with here, and to local National Marine Sanctuary personnel as well as EMS crews. Courtesy of NOAA

Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator

In this 2010 photo, New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation Specialist David G. White II stands in a “Clean, Safe Boat” at the Seaway Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor. Watertown Daily Times

Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator

New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation Specialist David G. White II, left, receives the 2015 Northern States Boating Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators from Larry Migliozzi of the New York State Parks Marine Services Bureau. Mr. White was also the 2015 New York State Boating Educator of the Year, selected by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Courtesy of NYS Parks

Seeing off a ‘Sea’-soned educator

New York Sea Grant Coastal Recreation Specialist David G. White II demonstrates correct procedures and safe boating measures for canoers and kayakers in 2011 at the Sackets Harbor boat launch. Watertown Daily Times

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