Support Our Oceans
The SeaKeepers DISCOVERY Yachts Program is our foremost initiative in accomplishing our mission and goals. The program is comprised of scientific expeditions, instrument deployments and educational outreach events onboard private vessels. SeaKeepers collaborates with numerous organizations, academic institutions and government agencies in order to accomplish its DISCOVERY Yacht missions. SeaKeepers staff work closely with yacht owners and crew to coordinate research and outreach activities that reflect the yacht owner’s ocean-related interests.
Targeted towards youth and learning, SeaKeepers outreach events have focused around marine wildlife, plastic pollution, sustainability practices and more. SeaKeepers staff work with the yacht owner to determine the type of programming and what group will be most appropriate. Participants range from local schools to national organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs.
Scientific expeditions provide yacht owners, guests and crew the opportunity to participate in ongoing research while engaging with influential, well-established marine scientists. The largest expense and often limiting factor in ocean research is access to an at-sea research platform. Using member yachts, SeaKeepers works with experts in the marine science and oceanography fields to promote and facilitate groundbreaking research.
SeaKeepers works with institutions, 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. Collected data is used for oil spill and marine debris accumulation analyses; weather and hurricane prediction models; satellite quality control; and an overall better understanding of the marine environment. Private vessels deploy instruments along routes which are not typically traveled.
Baited remote underwater video surveys (BRUVs) catch the oceans 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.