The International SeaKeepers Society provides an educational program that offers a blend of activities covering these three vital areas of focus while actively engaging with Cuban people and scientists. SeaKeepers recognizes the need to protect the Cuban marine and coastal ecosystem and to preserve Marine Protected Areas. Over twenty percent of Cuba is already protected including a significant portion of its waters. To this end, SeaKeepers aims to advance and support the efforts of scientists in Cuba through a collaborative agenda.
The cornerstones of the SeaKeepers E3 Cuba Experience are: direct engagement with the marine environment through participation in activities of an environmental and/or educational nature; documentation of the marine environment through the collection of images during these DISCOVERY Detective Activities*; and/or deployment of a SeaKeepers Drifter (optional en route to Cuba) or BRUV (while visiting Cuba)**. Findings will be submitted to approved databases to assist ongoing Cuban marine research. This program will involve collaborations between SeaKeepers vessels and scientific institutions.
DISCOVERY Yacht P2 made inaugural journey on the E3 Cuba Program and returned January 2016. Click here for photos from their trip.
* DISCOVERY Detective Activities: Investigating the underwater world is vital to ocean conservation, and SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Detectives can help influence research and ocean conservation initiatives by capturing both positive and negative aspects of the marine environment. Imagery collected from DISCOVERY Detective Activities will be submitted to the relevant Cuban scientific groups to support their ongoing marine research initiatives.
** SeaKeepers Drifter: The collection of consistent and accurate data is extremely important for oil spill and marine debris accumulation analyses; weather and hurricane prediction models; quality control tests on satellites; and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) partner with SeaKeepers to distribute these devices which make ongoing oceanographic measurements.
Global FinPrint BRUVs: SeaKeepers has partnered with FIU’s Global FinPrint, a Paul G. Allen initiative focused on conducting a global survey of shark and ray populations using underwater baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs). The BRUVs can easily be deployed from private vessels at reefs around the world without scientists present to assist. They catch the ocean’s top predators on camera to obtain important information about the populations of these globally threatened species, in order to drive shark and ray conservation through research and policy.
Both of these instruments have been designed to be scientifically productive and efficient while minimally invasive to the environment.
SeaKeepers is now working in conjunction with Cuba VIP Yachts for all Cultural and Logistical needs. If you are interested in visiting Cuba under the SeaKeepers E3 Cuba Experience Program, please contact Maria Romeu and Sarah Hernandez.
Maria Romeu | Cuba VIP Yachts
Sarah Hernandez | SeaKeepers E3 Cuba Specialist