Island to become hub of marine project
Bermuda is set to be the hub of a new international research project intended to justify the protection of marine environments worldwide.
The project, called Ocean Tech, is set to launch next spring taking advantage of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's underwater robotic vehicle REMUS and the expertise of BIOS coral reef scientist Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley.
Dr Goodbody-Gringley, whose research has focused on understanding how coral reef ecosystems function, was formally approached to work as chief scientist on the project earlier this year. REMUS, which is equipped with cameras, navigational, and scientific instrumentation, is capable of autonomously tracking marine life to data hoped to reveal how marine species use their reef environment. A Bios statement on the project said: “One goal of the project is to share collected data with policymakers, both locally and internationally, to help justify the establishment of marine protected areas.
“The project's global media campaign will include feature-length documentaries, a school education programme, international and local exhibits, globally broadcast lectures, summer camp programmes and experience days.”
Andrew Smith, the executive director of Ocean Tech, said: “The aim is to inspire and educate a global audience about ocean conservation.
“Gretchen's unrivalled understanding of coral reef ecosystem function will continue to strengthen our ability to make sound research decisions and ensure that we make the most of this unique opportunity.”