Water Sampling in Biscayne Bay with RSMAS
DISCOVERY Vessel M'Powered
September 24, 2021
On September 24th, 2021, The International SeaKeepers Society assisted the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in conducting field research in the waters of Biscayne Bay, FL aboard DISCOVERY Vessel M'Powered, a 24' Sailfish center console, owned and operated by SeaKeepers DISCOVERY member, Aaron Goldstein. Last year, SeaKeepers helped Professor Chris Langdon collect data such as temperature, pH, salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen in response to the fish kill and algal blooms in the Bay. The goal of returning to the Bay this year in May, June, and July was to establish a baseline before Aug/Sep when conditions would be most likely to cause a repeat of the events in 2020. A hypoxia fish kill did take place, just as predicted, and gathering data after the fact is important as well.
What made this outing special was the fact that the first deaf student to be part of the MPS (Masters of Professional Science) program, Giovanna Vasquez-Anderson, came out and assisted fellow MPS student, Charles Groppe. This was groundbreaking as it served to prove that deaf people are just as capable in the field as hearing people. This will no doubt inspire others in the deaf community to pursue careers in marine science.
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science