Posts Tagged ‘Port Antonio’
March 25, 2012
The crew of the M/Y Golden Shadow is busy getting the ship ready to depart for the Global Reef Expedition’s next mission to Navassa Island, an uninhabited island between Jamaica and Haiti currently managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
During the extended surface interval in Port Antonio, Jamaica, staff cataloged samples, reorganized the lab, and indexed the data for processing by various partners. The hiss from the dive locker means Dive Safety Officer Nick Cautin was busy filling tanks for tomorrow’s dives. The activity on-board never stops.
In addition to scientific research, education and outreach are important components of the Global Reef Expedition. The Living Oceans Foundation staff conducted two community-based workshops while in port. In the first workshop, the Foundation hosted 5 high school students from Port Antonio High School and 25 college students from the nearby College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE). Eddie Gonzalez, LOF Director of Education, presented on the work of the Foundation and the importance of investigating the natural world. The students also observed a research vessel up close as they toured the Golden Shadow.
March 11, 2012
After a night boarding at Errol Flynn Marina at Port Antonio, Jamaica and a rolling crossing that left more than a few green faces and empty chairs at dinner, the Golden Shadow motored overnight to Pedro Bank, about 100 miles southwest of Kingston.
Now we’re anchored off Southwest Cay, a.k.a. Bird Cay, one of four small, mostly empty islets that together cover a tenth of a square mile. It’s a strip of sand with a few bushes and palm trees and a long, low pile of what looks like bleached coral but is actually empty conch shells discarded by fishermen over the decades. Just beyond it is Middle Cay, one of two inhabited islets, with a Jamaican Coast Guard station, a research station built by The Nature Conservancy, and a scattering of fishing huts. Read the rest of Golden Shadow Heads to Jamaica’s Pedro Bank »