Dominican Republic announced they were extending marine protections to 30% of their waters

Dominican Republic announced they were extending marine protections to 30% of their waters

Did you hear the good news that’s surging through the Caribbean currents? Last week, the Dominican Republic announced they were extending marine protections to 30% of their waters! In the expanded Marine Mammal Sanctuary of Silver and Navidad Banks and new Marine Sanctuary Orlando Jorge Mera, several migratory, endangered, and vital species now have the protections they need to thrive- including the humpback whale, whose mating and calving grounds lie within the newly secured region. An expedition supported by Mission Blue concentrated on Silver Bank, undertaken by Yachts for Science on a Bering Yachts vessel. The historical designation has been supported by an announcement film developed by acclaimed ocean storytellers, SeaLegacy.

The goal of Yachts for Science is to bring together yacht owners and crew with marine scientists

Yachts For Science Mediterranean Project

The goal of Yachts for Science is to bring together yacht owners and crew with marine scientists, researchers and content creators and provide access to the oceans. This is achieved by utilising the thousands of yachts that are travelling the globe as platforms for research. Are you in need of a vessel for your Mediterranean marine science project? Then Yachts for Science want you to get in contact so you can find out more information on how to get involved. To find out more please contact rosie@yachtsforscience.com

Yachts for Science are working with the Manta Trust

Yachts For Scient ecology of manta and devil rays

Yachts for Science are working with the Manta Trust to understand better the population dynamics and movement ecology of manta and devil rays throughout Fiji in order to support the promotion of sustainable mobulid eco-tourism, the implementation of effective conservation management strategies at critical habitats and the effective regulation of bycatch fisheries in the nation’s waters. The Lau Archipelago, Fiji’s most remote island group, is consistently ranked among the highest priorities for conservation. Currently, we know very little about how manta rays use this habitat and the size of the population there. Yachts visiting this region can support research by offering one week or a couple of days of vessel time. Key activities include diving identification, drone surveys, and satellite tagging. Learn more HERE.

Are you going to Antarctica, the Gulf of Alaska, Greenland or the Norweigan sea in 2024?

YFS - iceberg image

Are you going to Antarctica, the Gulf of Alaska, Greenland or the Norweigan sea in 2024? If so, Yachts For Science want to hear from you. Dr Paige Maroni is looking to continue her research of decoding the deep sea by taking water samples in cold water deeper than 2000 m. Using novel deep-sea technologies to preserve deep-sea genomes. By preserving deep-sea specimens in situ, she will collect invaluable genetic data, which in turn will be used to illuminate the phylogenies of a myriad of deep-sea species, enriching our understanding of their biodiversity and the tectonic processes that have shaped our oceans, thus uncovering evolutionary dynamics in the world’s largest ecosystem. The deep sea is the world’s largest ecosystem yet, phylogenetic relationships among deep-sea orders remain unresolved. If you plan to travel to Antarctica in 2024 and are interested to learn more about this fascinating research please contact info@yachtsforscience.com.

Yachts For Science are looking for yachts to research clown fish

Clown Fish Research

Yachts For Science are looking for yachts located in the Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Philippines, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Seychelles and Maldives to research clown fish. Scientifically, the clownfish-sea anemone symbiosis is now considered a model system to test a wide range of scientific hypotheses across the biological sciences, including areas such as evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, climate change, reproduction, population connectivity, and conservation. However, key mysteries remain, most surprisingly, the evolution and function of clownfish colour patterns themselves are unknown. For further information about this research or how to get involved contact rosie@yachtsforscience.com.

White Shark Global conference in Port Lincoln, Australia

Close up of white shark

From November 12th – 17th, Francesco Ferretti and his team attended the White Shark Global conference in Port Lincoln, Australia. The international scientific conference provided an in-person forum for the white shark community to meet, share ideas, update information, and report on the progress of recent scientific studies. Attended by 170 delegates, Francesco and his team presented the latest updates from the White Shark Chase, an unprecedented initiative to find and track the last white sharks in the Mediterranean Sea. The research, which is part of a Yachts For Science initiative project, was enthusiastically received, with students, colleagues, and other delegates expressing a strong desire to engage in collaborative work and partnership to contribute to the understanding and conservation efforts to prevent the extinction of the Mediterranean white shark population.

Yachts For Science are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with SeaLegacy

Yachts For Science are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with SeaLegacy

Yachts For Science are thrilled to announce an exciting partnership with SeaLegacy, a renowned force in the realm of ocean conservation and are a global leader in ocean marketing, education, and communication.
YFS are proud to support the “Blue Patagonia, Forests Beneath the Sea,” research project into the wonders and importance of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. In THIS episode of “A Sea of Hope,” International Ocean Policy Expert Max Bello, and Chilean Minister of the Environment Maisa Rojas join the SeaLegacy team to explore the wonders and importance of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem. Watch more HERE.

Yachts For Science are looking for vessels that are going to the Falkland Islands

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Yachts For Science are looking for vessels that are going to the Falkland Islands between October and January 2024 that are interested in offering their vessel as a platform for research. Dr Jesse van der Grient, chief scientist at South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, will be working with an exciting team to synthesise existing knowledge on the ecosystem and perform additional surveys. The project aim is to collect data from the northwest Falkland Islands to understand how zooplankton distribution and effect of local oceanography affect zooplankton communities around the Falkland Islands and their role in the food web. The project team consists of 2 -3 researchers performing operations including the deployment of Bongo nets. Areas of interest include Carcass Island, West Point or South Jason Island. For all enquiries please contact rosise@yachtsforscience.com

The Sargasso Sea is a vibrant and unique ocean ecosystem

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

The Sargasso Sea is a vibrant and unique ocean ecosystem that provides critical food resources, breeding grounds and part of migratory routes for a great diversity of marine species and seabirds.
Yachts For Science is looking for vessels in the Bermuda area that could assist taking 2-3 marine researchers out to conduct sampling of the Sargassum community, associated plastic marine debris, and make seabird and marine mammal observations around Bermuda. Are you planning to stop in Bermuda later this year? Dr Robbie Smith has a lot of blue water sailing experience – so if you are short-handed this might also be an added bonus! For more information please contact Rosie@yachtsforscience.com

Superyachts Lead a Double Life as Floating Labs for Ocean Research

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Yachts For Science fantastic work has been featured in the Robb Report this month: “Superyachts Lead a Double Life as Floating Labs for Ocean Research“. The article details how luxury sailing vessels are hosting scientists in remote areas, and seeing new marine sanctuaries resulting from their efforts. The trend of yachts being loaned out to scientists is becoming more common these days as owners make good on promises of promoting sustainability via their vessels. Read more here.