The International SeaKeepers Society provides an educational program that offers a blend of activities covering environmental and educational themes while actively engaging with the Cuban people. 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 science and conservation 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 SeaKeepers Activities*; and/or deployment of instruments en route to Cuba (SeaKeepers Drifter)** or while visiting Cuba (BRUV)***. Findings will be submitted to approved databases that are accessible to assist in ongoing marine research. This program will involve collaborations between SeaKeepers vessels and the Cuban community.
* SeaKeepers Activities: Investigating the underwater world is vital to ocean conservation, and SeaKeepers Participants can help influence research and ocean conservation initiatives by capturing both positive and negative aspects of the marine environment. Imagery collected from SeaKeepers Activities will be submitted to the relevant databases to support 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 Drifters and BRUVs have been designed to be scientifically productive and efficient while minimally invasive to the environment.
If you are interested in visiting Cuba under the SeaKeepers E3 Cuba Experience Program, please contact SeaKeepers E3 Cuba Specialist by phone: 305-448-7089 or email: [email protected].