Pacific Island Survey | Tahiti to Cook Islands

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May 10 – May 14, 2011

Depart: Papeete, Tahiti
Arrive: Roratonga, Cook Islands
Length: 5 days
Focus: Island Exploration


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About the Voyage

This 4-part marine survey expedition from Tahiti – Cooks – Christmas Island – Hawaii will take place between 9 May and 1 July, 2011.

The focus areas will be the inhabited Southern Cook Islands, the remote uninhabited Northern Cook Islands and the Northern Line Islands. We will be working with local NGOs to look at a wide range of conservation issues that affect these small islands including marine debris, water quality, habitat condition and overfishing. The team will also invest significant time meeting and interviewing with local community, NGO and official leaders. This will be contrasted with visits to the pristine, untouched and abundant ecosystems of remote, uninhabited islands and atolls.

The expedition will be carried out on the 72ft sailing vessel Sea Dragon which will enable the team to reach these remote places.

 The survey will cover locations that fall into the following three categories.

  • Areas of pristine marine environment exhibiting abundant high end predators and healthy ecosystems with no intervention by humans.
  • Areas of destroyed marine environment exhibiting diminished marine life, coral bleaching, algae blooms and upset ecosystems as well as areas on land that are the source of these problems.
  • Areas of restored marine environment and carefully managed fisheries in protected areas.

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Data Collection will include: videograpy, visual reef check, manta trawl surface samples, beach surveys, fish samples, water samples, CO2 sensor, pH sensor, interviews, photography, written observations.

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Each of the 4 legs will be made up of different team members, maximum 14 (max 12 on leg 2).

1. Dale Selvam – Skipper and Dive Master (throughout legs 1-4)

2. Emily Penn – First Mate and Expedition Coordinator (throughout legs 1-4)

We will also be looking for:

  • Divers
  • Educators
  • Photographers
  • Journalists
  • Sailors
  • Artists
  • Writers
  • Marine Biologists
  • Conservationists

Passionate individuals who want to be part of this amazing expedition!