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usepagov ADMIN January 27, 2012
Learn more about why EPA has this scientific ship!

Blogging from the Bold

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Group Description

What's the OSV Bold?

The "Ocean Survey Vessel, the Bold" helps EPA better protect human health and the environment in the United States. Our scientists must study how human activities impact our environment, even when those activities on land can influence our coastal and ocean environments.

This beautiful ship has been given a second life to help us do just that.

Thanks to the Bold, EPA can study pollution and monitor changes in marine ecosystems, to make better plans about how to protect our environment.

The Bold is the EPA's only ocean and coastal monitoring ship that helps our scientists to sample water, bottom sediment and marine life.

Since it was re-outfitted with high tech science equipment (and a better paint job) after serving the United States Navy, the Bold has brought marine scientists around the United States to study in the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Group Rules

Welcoming all friends, fans, researchers and crew members to share their photos of the Bold!

Having you onboard the ship and sharing our environmental protection efforts either at an Open Ship Day or through a photo/ video tour online at is part of our mission at EPA. If we can help inspire budding marine scientists young and old along the way, then we've done part of our job!

Your photo could even be featured on one of our websites.

Just be sure to tell us the date, location and any other helpful informataion about the picture in the caption. For example, if it shows equipment, sediment or marine life, tell us what that is! :)

You can be a citizen of any country, living anywhere to share your Bold pictures or videos here.

Feel free to...
•enter photos taken anywhere you've seen the OSV Bold, while you've been onboard, or diving from!
•enter color, black and white, or partially desaturated photos.
•edit your photo however you like.
•include a border (not required, though).
•submit photos that may have been published or used elsewhere.
•submit photos of other kinds of artwork, as long as you made the artwork, too.

Don't submit photos that ...
•you didn't take, or for which someone else owns the copyright.
•just show someone else's copyrighted work (for example, a photo of a painting, not sure if anyone has painted a painting of the Bold...
•serve mainly to advertise a product.
•show nudity, drugs, violence, or symbols or acts of hatred. It's just not nice.
•are illegal or prohibited.
•violate Flickr's community guidelines.
By submitting your photos, you agree to all of the above. We reserve the right to deny photos for any reason; we’ll remove denied photos from the pool, but they’ll remain visible in your account.

By submitting photos, you give the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permission to use them for non-profit governmental purposes, including but not limited to environmental education and awareness. This permission includes, but is not limited to, publication by EPA in printed materials, television broadcasts, Web sites, or our intranet. You will not be compensated for such use. However, where applicable, we will give you credit for the photos!

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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