A COM­MIT­MENT TO OCEAN HEALTH

Canadian Geographic - - CIRQUE ÉLOIZE -

One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions is en­abling more world-class sci­enti c re­search than ever be­fore. Over the last decade, we have es­tab­lished long-term, mean­ing­ful part­ner­ships with uni­ver­si­ties and na­tion­ally ac­cred­ited sci­enti c or­ga­ni­za­tions, proudly pro­vid­ing over 120 days per ves­sel per year. By com­bin­ing pas­sen­ger tourism with sci­enti c re­search, and pro­vid­ing am­ple op­prtu­nity for guests to en­gage with sci­en­tists and ex­perts, the more am­bas­sadors for these sen­si­tive re­gions we cre­ate. One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions has re­cently re ned sci­enti c tech­nol­ogy on­board by pro­vid­ing high cal­i­bre mi­cro­scopes, to al­low staff from long-term part­ner, Ocean Wise, and guests, the op­por­tu­nity to study rare vari­a­tions of small sea crea­tures. In sum­mer 2018, cold wa­ter divers from Ocean Wise took part in the rst ever per­mit­ted dives in spe­cial ar­eas of the High Cana­dian Arc­tic. The data gained will help form the cre­ation of an in­ter­na­tional DNA cat­a­logue pro­gram show­cas­ing the di­ver­sity of spec­i­mens from the ocean oor. Guests will have the unique op­por­tu­nity to view and han­dle se­lect spec­i­mens in on­board touch tanks - shal­low wa­ter ta­bles pro­vided for study and en­gage­ment. “We have been work­ing to un­der­stand the im­pact of changes on the Arc­tic Ocean ecosys­tem, wildlife, and com­mu­ni­ties for sev­eral decades. Our part­ner­ship with One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions, uti­liz­ing their ships and sup­port, al­lows us to fur­ther ex­pand our fo­cus on the Arc­tic. Our re­searchers, bi­ol­o­gists and divers now have even more ac­cess to con­duct re­search and ex­plore much more of the Arc­tic.” - John Nightin­gale, CEO of Ocean Wise and RCGS Fel­low One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions takes con­ser­va­tion and re­search se­ri­ously. In Jan/feb 2018, for the rst time ever, Ocean Wise was able to con­duct mi­croplas­tic sam­pling be­low the Antarc­tic con­ver­gence on­board with One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions, to as­sess how preva­lent the prob­lem of mi­croplas­tics re­ally is. Data col­lected from this re­search study will di­rectly con­trib­ute to aware­ness ini­tia­tives while in­form­ing gov­ern­ment and in uenc­ing pol­icy. Trained One Ocean Ex­pe­di­tions’ staff will of­fer guests the op­por­tu­nity to use me­chan­i­cal sieves, an­a­lyz­ing the con­tents of non- ltered sea wa­ter as it passes through each tier of net­ting and mesh, in the search for mi­croplas­tics. We also cur­rently sup­port the use of wet lab space on each ves­sel, a ded­i­cated area for mi­croplas­tics sam­pling, en­hanc­ing the ca­pac­ity to sup­port gov­ern­ment and re­search part­ners’ man­dates. Through devel­op­ment of these pro­grams, our guests will now have more op­por­tu­nity than ever be­fore to be in­volved with real sci­enti c pro­grams tak­ing place on our voy­ages in the po­lar re­gions and be­yond. “One Ocean ships serve not only as a plat­form for ex­pe­di­tionary travel to some of the last, best places on Earth – but as plat­forms for po­lar science and learn­ing as well. RCGS Fel­lows are reg­u­lars aboard One Ocean ships, both un­der­tak­ing re­search and shar­ing knowl­edge. This is a new form of travel, one with a so­cial and con­ser­va­tion pur­pose.” - John Geiger, CEO, The Royal Cana­dian Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety/cana­dian Ge­o­graphic

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