CBF's Smith Island Education Program has been lucky to have the services of Captain Wes Bradshaw since the winter of 2001. Now Captain Wes has decided to hang up his oilskins and pass the important duty of Captain/Educator to Captain Jessie Marsh.
Captain Wes has been called an "invaluable resource" by many who have had the chance to interact with him on field experiences. His stories about growing up on Smith Island have shed light on the island's culture and challenges, which include water pollution, land subsidence, and fisheries.
What's more, Captain Wes had the ability to make all participants--student and teachers alike--laugh and loved to play practical jokes, keeping everyone on their toes. Captain Wes will still be living in the town of Ewell on Smith Island with his wife and plans to be available to fill in with CBF activities whenever needed.
Captain Jessie Marsh will serve as the new Smith Island Captain/ Educator and brings with him 20 years of CBF education experience. For Jessie, working on Smith Island means going home, as he was raised in Tylerton. He carries with him the experiences of working the water for crabs and oysters, as well as having lived on the mainland, and having worked as the CBF Islands Senior Manager.
The Smith Island Education program is thankful for Captain Wes' 14 years of service and looks forward to Captain Jessie leaving his mark as Captain Wes did so well.