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.