Oceans are the lifeblood of Earth and humankind. They cover nearly three-quarters of our planet and hold 97% of it’s water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere and absorb most carbon from it. About half of the world’s population lives within the coastal zone, and ocean-based businesses contribute more than $500 billion to the world’s economy.
The sheer number of people who use and depend on the ocean, and the sometimes unwise practices we adopt, have created problems such as overharvest of resources, reduction in biodiversity, and degradation of marine habitats and species, among others. We risk the very ecosystems on which our survival depends. We must become better stewards of our oceans.
SeaKeepers will continue to drive programming that educates and empowers the yachting community to become aware of the issues our oceans face while taking an active role in helping to develop solutions through exploration, scientific research and education. You can support SeaKeepers in a number of ways through donations of cash or in-kind support. Both types of support are equally critical to the successes of operations and programming.
Your donation will help underwrite the costs of the three elements of the DISCOVERY Yachts Program: Scientist-led Expeditions, Instrument Deployments, and Educational Outreach, as well as provide an opportunity for a young scientist to receive hands-on training as an intern under our Director of Programs & Policies. We invite you to lead the way and receive prominent recognition in support of our programs.
In 2015, SeaKeepers organized 21 missions through the DISCOVERY Yachts Program. Although DISCOVERY Yachts provide the use of their vessels, we need additional help with funding the ancillary costs of program coordination, travel expenses for program participants, equipment transport, and vessel expenses including provisions and dockage.
Become a SeaKeepers member! Our program offers four annual levels suitable for the supporter who wants to get involved, the at-sea amateur scientist, the marine conscientious company, and those who have donated their yacht to science through a SeaKeepers expedition. For those ready to make a lifelong commitment and invest in our oceans, we offer two top-tier membership levels: The Admiral Club and Founding Members.
Can’t sell your yacht? Consider donating it to SeaKeepers to support scientist-led expeditions, instrument deployments, and educational outreach expeditions. Yachts are donated “as is” and are considered tax-deductible. We also offer numerous vessels available for charter for the individual who wants to fuel their passion for boating while also supporting SeaKeepers and its mission.
The DISCOVERY Yachts Program is our foremost initiative in accomplishing our mission and goals. By donating time on your yachts, you help eliminate one of the biggest challenges of ocean research: the lack of an at-sea platform. Your donation also enables school children to experience the ways in which we can study marine life and protect our ocean for future generations.
SeaKeepers members are invited and recognized at a variety of exclusive events hosted by the organization or by one of our many partners throughout the year and in various locations around the world. Sponsoring a SeaKeepers event offers unique opportunities to cross market your brand and reach a highly desirable demographic.
Banner: Jesse Alpert
Shark Tagging (Naming Opportunities): UM Shark Research & Conservation Program
Penny Mae Crew (Annual Appeal): Captain Mike O’Neil
SeaKeeper 2015 Award (Membership): Yanni Georgoulakis