Hello Ocean’s Urgent Research in Belize

In May Hello Ocean conducted the first systematic survey of marine mammals in Belize. Five months later, the local government approved harmful seismic testing in the quest for new oil. It is now urgent we return to Belize so that we can continue this important research that will support protection of whales and dolphins in this region.

Watch this video about our expedition in Belize.
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What We Do

Facilitate ocean science and media to
empower the public, inform legislation, and inspire change

 

Research

We provide research-under-sail expeditions to both seasoned scientists and passionate early career scientists doing pioneering work.

 

Citizen Science

We create citizen science opportunities that bring together engineers, scientists, the maritime industry and the recreation boating industry in collaborative citizen science research on the oceans most pressing issues.

 

Media

We create relevant, accessible media such as video, installations and articles to bring ocean science to new audiences.

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Open Call for Scientists

Hello Ocean wants to collaborate with scientists interested in conducting research under sail. Our expeditions invite several teams aboard a Moorings catamaran for seven days of intense research in a variety of regions in the world. The scientists’ work will be documented using a variety of media to share the research process, the significance of their explorations, and the joys of discovery. If you are a scientist interested in joining a Hello Ocean research expedition, please complete the following form. Click here  to read more about our Expedition Underway – our inaugural research expedition.   

Research Expeditions

Hello Ocean’s 2016/2017 projects focus in the following areas

Pteropods & Ocean Acidification

The ocean absorbs almost a third of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere every year. Observations now show that the CO2 absorbed by the ocean is changing the chemistry of the seawater, a process called ocean acidification (OA). Calcifying organisms that are critical to the food web are one of the most vulnerable organisms to OA because the changes in ocean chemistry are dissolving their shells. We are working with Swift Engineering to distribute low cost sensors to recreational sailors across the globe, so that they may participate in citizen science data collection on a global OA study. The project is currently in the research and development phase.

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Mapping Cetaceans In Belize

Hello Ocean completed its first research expedition in the coastal and offshore waters of Belize. This inaugural expedition was conducted in partnership with The Moorings, a bareboat charter company, and scientists Dr. Nataly Castelblanco, and Eric Ramos and research assistants Benito Hernandez, Kristi Collom, and Alton Jeffords. The role that cetaceans play in marine ecosystems east of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) or the consequences of they face from anthropogenic impacts are largely unknown. During Expedition Underway, the crew conducted the first systematic study to assess the status or abundance of most cetaceans in Belize. The results of this work will be used to support improved protection for marine mammals and pelagic ecosystems throughout Belize.

Mapping Ocean Noise Pollution

Ocean Conservation Research (OCR), Silverleaf Geospatial, and Hello Ocean will engage the recreational boating community in a baseline, systematic study that will map the world’s anthropogenic ocean noise pollution. Noise pollution can have long-term consequences for the well-being of marine life. Currently, obtaining ocean noise data is costly and scarce. Limited information on the magnitude of noise pollution hinders the development of effective regulations to mitigate threats to marine life. This project provides low cost data collection methods by training and employing recreational sailors for data collection. As citizen scientists and volunteers, sailors will be provided with simple hydrophones and an application to log measurements along with GPS coordinates, and other information. Information gathered during our this study will map the first global systematic dataset on noise pollution.

We are currently seeking grants, sponsors, or other funding to launch this project.

The Hello Ocean Team

Eric Ramos
Eric RamosCetacean Acoustics Research
Ben Carey
Ben CareyCaptain, Web Design, Videographer
Teresa Carey
Teresa CareyScience Communicator, Producer
Emma Park
Emma ParkVolunteer
Derek Alan Rowe
Derek Alan RoweFilmmaker
Lynn Scharf
Lynn ScharfApp Developer
Michael Stocker
Michael StockerBio Acoustician

Advisors

  • Deb Castellana – Mission Blue & Sylvia Earle Alliance
  • Wallace J. Nichols – Blue Mind
  • Maryanne Culpepper – Graffiti Works, Inc.
  • Chris Palmer – American University
  • Rachael Miller – Rozalia Project
  • Bill Mills – Digital Cinema HD
  • David Conover – Conservation Media Group
  • Roderic Mast – Oceanic Society
  • Luke O’Neill – American Explorers, LLC
  • Ben Scheelk – The Ocean Foundation

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