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BG3

BG3

February 222016

Aboard D/Y BG3, The International SeaKeepers Society supports research, conducted by the University of Miami, on sharks living in and adapting to the urbanized coastal waters of South Florida.

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Copasetic

Copasetic

Genome Sequencing in Bimini

May 82014

On January 28, 2014 the forty-three meter expedition yacht, Copasetic, made course for the Bahamian island of Bimini with a cutting-edge mobile genome sequencing laboratory placed on the bow. Under the direction of Dr. Leonid Moroz, a world expert in neuroscience and genome sequencing, a team of scientists from UF collected over 1,000 samples of marine life for analysis in the mobile laboratory.

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E Cruz

E Cruz

Harbor Porpoise Research in San Francisco Bay

November 262014

In October 2014 The International SeaKeepers Society teams up with Golden Gate Cetacean Research to conduct research on harbor porpoises in San Francisco, California onboard M/Y E Cruz. The Golden Gate Cetacean Research (GGCR) team, along with SeaKeepers staff and the owner of E Cruz, successfully studied the behavior and population of harbor porpoises in San Francisco Bay through photo identification.

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Fugitive

Fugitive

Research Expedition

June 12015

The International SeaKeepers Society worked onboard D/Y Fugitive with shark researchers from the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami.  Researchers spent a few days working out of West End, Bahamas to collect, clean, download and redeploy a set of 32 hydrophone receivers at Tiger Beach.  Everyone onboard got involved with the research and helped make the turnaround smooth and successful.

The hydrophones are mounted to the sea floor throughout the area and are set to receive acoustic signals from tagged tiger sharks in the area.  Data is downloaded every 6 months and provides scientists with data on shark behavior.  In addition to the hydrophone turnaround trips, SeaKeepers puts together tagging expeditions regularly.  Tagging sharks and monitoring their health and behavior is important for conservation work and marine management in the Bahamas.

 

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag shows us all the growth on a recently pulled hydrophone.  This is cleaned off so that when they go back in the water, there's no growth on them at all!

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag shows us all the growth on a recently pulled hydrophone. This is cleaned off so that when they go back in the water, there’s no growth on them at all!

 

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Fugitive and Qing

Fugitive and Qing

Shark Tagging at Tiger Beach, Bahamas

December 42014

In November 2014, The International SeaKeepers Society returned from a successful shark tagging expedition supporting the UM Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. The shark tagging took place at Tiger Beach, Bahamas onboard DISCOVERY Yachts Fugitive, out of West Palm Beach, FL, and Qing, out of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Fugitive is a 125-foot Northcoast and Qing is a 150-foot Cheoy Lee.

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Insetta Boatworks

Insetta Boatworks

Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks September 2016

December 192016

Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks
September 2016

SeaKeepers spent the morning with researchers from Global FinPrint in the waters near Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus on the INSETTA Boatworks DISCOVERY Yacht. The expedition helped to promote the organization’s research which utilizes baited remote underwater videos (BRUVs) to capture images of sharks, rays, and other marine life which are used to improve management and conservation efforts. The BRUVs are deployed in various locations around the world where they record hours of underwater footage. A special thank you to RMK Merrill-Stevens for providing dock space.
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Partner Sites:
Insetta Boatworks
Global FinPrint

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Insetta Boatworks

Insetta Boatworks

Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks September 2016

December 192016

Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks
September 2016

The International SeaKeepers Society partnered with University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE) to study surface ocean transport. The original idea for this project arose when Vizcaya Museum and Gardens approached researchers at CARTHE with an interest in identifying the origin of the large amount of debris they regularly find in their mangroves and along their shore. CARTHE partnered with Vizcaya and the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science to develop the Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study. As part of the study, GPS-equipped, biodegradable drifters and drifter cards were deployed in multiple locations inside Biscayne Bay near downtown Miami. The drifters will be tracked in order to provide important data on how currents are effecting the way particles move in Biscayne Bay, which influences the fate of oil and other pollutants into the marine environment.
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Partner Sites:
The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE)
Insetta Boatworks
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Scienc

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Insetta Boatworks

Insetta Boatworks

Expedition Aboard DISCOVERY Yacht from Insetta Boatworks September 2016

December 192016

The International SeaKeepers Society partnered with University of Miami researchers from The Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbons in the Environment (CARTHE) to study surface ocean transport. The original idea for this project arose when Vizcaya Museum and Gardens approached researchers at CARTHE with an interest in identifying the origin of the large amount of debris they regularly find in their mangroves and along their shore. CARTHE partnered with Vizcaya and the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science to develop the Biscayne Bay Drift Card Study.

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Lo Jo

Lo Jo

Shark Tagging at Tiger Beach

May 302014

The 28 ft. Bertram Lo Jo served as a support vessel during the shark tagging expedition. The support staff and film crew used Lo Jo as a dive platform for transportation, filming and hydrophone installation.

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Miss Phebe II

Miss Phebe II

Coral Reef Research

May 82014

As the first SeaKeepers’ DISCOVERY Yachts mission, this research cruise to the Dry Tortugas provided scientists the opportunity to collect hundreds of coral tissue samples, which were used to study coral genetics and better understand the differences among coral communities.

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Mystique

Mystique

Bahamian

February 172016

The International SeaKeepers Society completes a weeklong research expedition studying Bahamian sponges with NOVA Southeastern University and WPBT2’s Changing Seas onboard Fleet Miami’s DISCOVERY Yacht Mystique.

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Niyama

Niyama

deployment and retrieval of a nanolander

August 292016

June 2016
SeaKeepers joined the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in its first successful expedition at sea aboard the D/Y Niyama. Kevin Hardy, member of SeaKeepers’ Scientific Advisory Council, oversaw the deployment and retrieval of a nanolander off of the San Diego coast. The nanolanders are specifically designed to stay submerged at great depths for an extended period of time, collecting data about the surrounding environment. They can then be retrieved and the data can be collected and analyzed.

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Penny Mae

Penny Mae

Shark Tagging at Tiger Beach

May 82014

SeaKeepers’ DISCOVERY Yacht Penny Mae hosted researchers from the University of Miami for a five-day tiger shark tagging expedition at Tiger Beach, Bahamas. On May 12, 2014 Penny Mae traveled approximately 30 miles northwest of West End to Tiger Beach, an area where tiger sharks are known to aggregate.

Dr. Neil Hammerschlag and his research team, along with SeaKeepers’ staff and the crew of Penny Mae, successfully tagged 13 tiger sharks with the help of a custom-made shark tagging platform designed exclusively for shark research.

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Penny Mae

Penny Mae

Islamorada, FL

February 172016

October 2015- The International SeaKeepers Society collaborated with researchers from the University of Florida (UF) aboard the DISCOVERY Yacht Penny Mae as part of a global initiative to survey the biodiversity of the world’s oceans. Dr. Leonid Moroz, the principal investigator from UF and a distinguished professor of neuroscience, genetics, biology, and chemistry, led the research team in plankton sampling along a transect from New York to West Palm Beach, FL.

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Reel Buzz

Reel Buzz

Research Expedition

June 12015

The International SeaKeepers Society and The Billfish Foundation take first steps in a joint effort to develop new methods for assessing fish health.

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Shredder, Fleet Miami

Shredder, Fleet Miami

DISCOVERY Yacht Expedition

April 172015

The International SeaKeepers Society spent three days with CARTHE scientists onboard DISCOVERY Yacht Shredder of Fleet Miami.

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Shredder, Fleet Miami

Shredder, Fleet Miami

CARTHE drifter experiments and outreach with StreetWaves

September 222014

Fleet Miami vessel Shredder participated in a three-day expedition with researchers from the Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), which included several drifter deployments and an outreach program with the Miami-based nonprofit organization StreetWaves.

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Shredder, Fleet Miami

Shredder, Fleet Miami

Shark Tagging

August 292016

July 2016
SeaKeepers joined UM Shark Research & Conservation and Save Our Seas Foundation on July 12 & 13 aboard Fleet Miami’s D/Y Shredder for two days of shark tagging. The shark team caught multiple nurse sharks in shallow inshore and deeper offshore waters in North Miami. Participants helped to tag the sharks, collect fin clips, and take body measurements. The data will be used to evaluate shark health and behavioral patterns. Save Our Seas Foundation visually documented the sampling process both on the boat and in the water.
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Partner Sites:
University of Miami Shark Research & Conservation
Save Our Seas Foundation

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie

Researchers collected water samples

August 292016

August 2016
SeaKeepers partnered with scientists from the Barber Lab of UCLA to study environmental DNA (eDNA). Researchers collected water samples along the coasts of Anacapa and Santa Cruz. The samples were then filtered and taken back to the lab where DNA analyses could determine marine species that had recently been in the area, providing important data about the abundance and biodiversity of local organisms. The research was supported in part by a grant from the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration.
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Partner Sites:
Barber Lab of UCLA
National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration

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Vigilante
October 12015

The International SeaKeepers Society worked with the United States Geological Survey to study coral bioerosion on Vigilante. During the expedition, researchers dived several reefs off Islamorada, FL. Specific coral heads that had been previously measured more than 10 years ago were revisited. At each site scientists measured the change in height of the dead coral heads and used this to calculate the amount of erosion occurring on these reefs. Currently the causes for erosion are not fully known. Hypotheses include fish feeding, increased sedimentation and turbidity on the reef, and tourism activities.

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