Photo of yachts via Tiare Scott
There might seem to be a disparity between yacht clubs and marine biology researchers. However, OceansWatch says not so.
This group works with yachting and boating clubs, and diving communities to protect coastlines, marine life, and ocean health. And they do so with eco-friendly boats and an open invitation.According to OceansWatch, the organization provides ocean-going research vessels and expertise, including biologists and support crew, to coastal communities in need.
They work to strengthen the link between yachters and divers, and ocean researchers and conservation efforts - two often conflicting groups of people.
They use an environmentally friendly choice of boat - the Wharram Islander 65 - to visit coastal communities and offer services to people working on ocean conservation or research.
Anyone can ask for Oceanswatch’s help. If you have a proposal that fits our criteria you are invited to submit it to us for consideration. How we help depends on the balance of resources between us. If you are an Aid organization and need a yacht for a project then, if one of our fleet is available we can provide it. Perhaps your organization has concerns about possible environmental problems and needs it investigated then maybe we can provide a yacht, scientists and dive team to investigate on your behalf. If you are you an Aid organization that needs resources moved to remote Island communities we can help.
Some areas of the world are well equipped and funded to protect ocean life, such as California. Others, not so much. OceansWatch has several projects currently underway in Tonga, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.
It's great to see a group of people willing to sail in with the tools others need to protect marine life.