The International SeaKeepers Society Founders’ Dinner 2014Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by SoFlaNights.com
The International SeaKeepers Society honored vessels that participated in 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions, SeaKeepers Drifter deployments, and outreach programs. DISCOVERY Yachts Copasetic, Defiance, Fugitive, LoJo, Meduse, Penny Mae, Shredder of Fleet Miami, and Valkyrie were honored for their generous contribution to DISCOVERY Yacht missions.
Founders’ Dinner was held at a private waterfront residence in Fort Lauderdale during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Guests had the opportunity to board Shredder docked at the venue, and watched a video highlighting the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht missions.
This year, SeaKeepers facilitated three scientific expeditions, four outreach programs, and had five SeaKeepers Drifters deployed. Copasetic hosted a genome sequencing expedition and housed a custom-made at-sea mobile laboratory. Penny Mae hosted a week-long tiger shark tagging expedition with assistance from LoJo. Fleet Miami’s Shredder hosted a three-day expedition monitoring the behaviors of various designs of ocean drifters. Five SeaKeepers Drifters were deployed thanks to Defiance, Fugitive, Meduse, and Valkyrie.
Defiance hosted two educational outreach programs this year: a drifter deployment with school children in Bimini, Bahamas and a lesson on ocean conservation with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. Shredder introduced youth of the Miami-based organization StreetWaves to ocean currents, drifter instrumentation and oil spill research. Copasetic led an outreach program teaching children about microscopic organisms and touring the genome sequencing lab.