Sail around Americas gauges ocean health - Environment- msnbc.com What a difference a year makes â that's how long it has taken a crew of scientists and conservationists to sail and motor the 25,000 miles around both North and South America. The biggest change since they left: the BP oil spill. Now making their way up the West Coast, the Ocean Watch crew have been observing ocean health â or lack thereof â since setting off from Seattle, Washington, on May 31, 2009. The Q and A section is sad.... Q: What were the most concerning indicators of poor ocean health seen by the Around the Americas expedition? 7 listed indictations (all suck) Q: What were the most encouraging indicators of good ocean health? scientists, fisherman, hunters, expressing concern and working top protect it.