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Ocean Health at The Forefront of Canadian Polar Cruise Specialists’ Mission with Expension Of Its Educational Program

June 12, 2018 Cruise No Comments Email Email

In celebration of World Oceans Day, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE), an industry leader in supporting nationally accredited science programs, announces further expansion of its mission towards ocean health.OOE’s programming rises to a whole new level with significant partnerships with industry leaders and scientists in the field of conservation, marine biology and micro-plastic research.

Over the last decade OOE has established long-term, meaningful partnerships with universities and nationally accredited scientific organizations, providing over 120 days per vessel per year, to carefully selected partners. This Arctic season, OOE refines the scientific technology onboard by providing high caliber microscopes, allowing staff from long-term partner, Ocean Wise and guests, the opportunity to study rare, often inaccessible variations of small sea creatures.

In August of this year, Ocean Wise’ cold water divers willeducate and create awareness around marine ecosystemsas they begin the first ever permitted dives in special areas of the Canadian Arctic.The data gained will go towards the creation of an international DNA catalogue program showcasing the diversity of specimens from the ocean floor. Guests will have the unique opportunity to view and handle select specimens in the onboard touch tanks; shallow water tables provided for study and engagement.

OOE’s guests will have more opportunity than ever before to be involved with real scientific programs taking place on OOE voyages in the polar regions and beyond. Trained OOE staff will be offering guests the opportunity to use mechanical sieves, analyzing the contents of non-filtered sea water as it passes through each tier of netting and mesh, in the search for micro plastics.

One Ocean Expeditions’ General Manager, Catherine Lawton, says “Combining passenger tourism with meaningful scientific research creates an incredible opportunity, for those interested, to engage. The more opportunities we provide for guests to engage with scientists through conversations and presentations, the more ambassadors for those sensitive regions we create.”

OOE currently supports the use of wet lab space on each vessel,a dedicated area for micro plastics sampling, enhancing the capacity to support government and research partners’ mandates. For the last 3 years, OOE has supported nationally accredited research into micro plastics in the ocean conducted on board by the Coastal Ocean Research Institute at Ocean Wise. 

This past year, for the first time ever, Ocean Wise was able to conduct sampling below the Antarctic convergence onboard with OOE, to assess how prevalent the problem of micro plastics really is. Data collected from this research study will directly contribute to Ocean Wise’s education and awareness initiatives while informing government and influencing policy. There world really is one ocean and we must take care of it.

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