The International SeaKeepers Society established SeaKeepers Asia with the launch event Singapore 3D chaired by Board Member, Julian Chang and his wife Sandra. This expansion with a new chapter in Asia will be under the leadership of Julian Chang. Operations will run parallel to the headquarters of SeaKeepers in Miami, Florida, with a main focus on expanding the impact of the DISCOVERY Yacht Program. This program will include the three essential aspects of DISCOVERY Yachts Programming:
Outreach programs targeted at youth and learning experiences aboard DISCOVERY Yachts that serve as “floating classrooms.” These programs will focus on marine wildlife, plastic pollution, and sustainability practices. Participants will include local schools and national organizations.
Instrument deployments for ocean monitoring through deploying of SeaKeeper drifters. SeaKeepers works with institutions within the USA, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Argo, to make ongoing oceanographic measurements with SeaKeepers drifters and Argo floats. Data collected is used for oil spill and marine debris accumulation analyses, weather and hurricane prediction models, satellite quality control, and to better understand the marine environment.
Scientist-led expeditions that will be conducted by leading researchers aboard DISCOVERY Yachts. SeaKeepers works with experts in the marine science and oceanography fields to promote and facilitate groundbreaking research, as well as providing yacht owners, guests and crew, the opportunity to utilize their vessel to serve as an at-sea research platform.
Building upon established international programming, the focus in Asia will be on creating better local awareness of the current situation of our oceans in order to build a sense of appreciation and commitment to protect, conserve and restore when possible.
Expedition Aboard D/Y Asean Lady
On December 5, 2016, fifteen children from the Girls Club and Gift of Music Group of Tasek Jurong Limited came aboard D/Y Asean Lady to learn about marine invertebrates. Researchers from the National University of Singapore lead the lesson and participants collected planktonic organisms in Raffles marina and then examined them using microscopes onboard. Learn More.
Expedition Aboard D/Y Lady Jo
On July 29, 2016, DISCOVERY Yacht members David and Jo Haines hosted students from Ang Mo Kio Secondary School in Singapore aboard the D /Y Lady Jo as part of an Educational Outreach Program .On the vessel, scientists Dr. Ng Ngan Kee and her team from the National University of Singapore facilitated a unique learning excursion for these students geared toward maximizing their engagement with real science. Learn more.
Expedition Aboard D/Y Lady Jo
On July 27, 2016, DISCOVERY Yacht members David and Jo Haines hosted students from Deyi Secondary School in Singapore aboard the D /Y Lady Jo as part of an Educational Outreach Program .On the vessel, scientists Dr. Toh Tai Chong and his team from the National University of Singapore facilitated a unique learning excursion for these students geared toward maximizing their engagement with real science. Learn more.
Expedition Onboard D/Y Asean Lady
On March 14, 2016, SeaKeepers Asia conducted its inaugural educational outreach day in conjunction with the Singapore American School. Students joined Dr. NG Ngan Kee, a lecturer and research associate from the National University of Singapore, to learn about coastal development and local marine life onboard D/Y Asean Lady at Raffles Marina, Singapore. Learn More.
The three strands of programming: scientist-led expeditions, instrument deployments, education & outreach are supported by the DISCOVERY Yachts Program. The largest expense, and often limiting factor, in ocean research and educational expeditions is access to an at-sea platform. Using member yachts, SeaKeepers works with yacht owners and experts in the marine science and oceanography fields to facilitate research and educational expeditions at sea. Each expedition is unique and is organized to fulfill the aims of the scientist and/or educators with the appropriate yacht. If you are interested in donating time aboard your yacht to support SeaKeepers programming, please contact Gail Tay: Gail.Tay@SeaKeepers.org, Singapore or Programming@SeaKeepers.org, United States.
Over 150 VIP guests were in attendance to celebrate the unveiling of the SeaKeepers Asia effort, and presentations were made in honor of the SeaKeeper of Singapore and the SeaKeeper Asia Achievement Award. Professor Chou Loke Ming of the National University of Singapore was the recipient of SeaKeeper of Singapore award for his research at the Reef Ecology lab on the diversity, ecology, and restoration of coral reef ecosystems in Singapore and the Southeast Asian region. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was the recipient of the SeaKeeper Asia Achievement Award for their work maintaining and restoring coral reefs in Singapore.