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 20 percent of Cuba is already protected, including a significant portion of its waters, but much more can be done. 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 environmental and/or educational activities; documentation of the marine environment through images captured 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, accessible databases to assist with ongoing marine research. This program will involve collaborations between SeaKeepers vessels and the Cuban community.
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.
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 that make ongoing oceanographic measurements.
SeaKeepers has partnered with Florida International University (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.