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Old 01-05-2008, 21:49   #1
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for the sailor out there , who feel concern and who want one day to sail across ocean , and still feel free to do so and encounter whales, daufins, and dive and snorler in beautifull reef.
maybe have look at this and do like me join them...
it is only a little drop of water in the big seas , but it help..

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it does work in my computer ,,humm
type 'oceanswatch" in google then
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Interesting site.

Is this environmental activism or environmental science? If science, who are the Principle Investigators and what are their credentials? Is there anyone with a Doctorate? What have you accomplished to date? Where will you be getting your funding? Please don't take me wrong...those are just the first questions that popped into my head and they are not meant as criticism.

I skipper a research vessel for a living and work with professional scientists...therefore the questions. The scientists of course are careful not to mix activism with science. So that's why I was asking.

I noticed your first boat is wood. What are the reasons for a wood hull over more modern, safer and less maintenance intensive materials?

I like the idea of course. What could be better than preserving the oceans? I think though that others are going to be asking the same questions as I. So be prepared for that onslaught.

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... Is this environmental activism or environmental science? If science, who are the Principle Investigators and what are their credentials? Is there anyone with a Doctorate? What have you accomplished to date? Where will you be getting your funding? Please don't take me wrong...those are just the first questions that popped into my head and they are not meant as criticism...David
The OceanWatch website answers all you questions.

Sponsors: Oceanswatch: Supporters

Projects: Oceanswatch: Projects
etc.

The OceanWatch team appears to include several “professionals” *, none of whom appear to hold PhDs.
Oceanswatch: Team

* Vince Kerr is a biologist
Peter Vine is a professional marine biologist
Lily Kozmian-Ledward is a marine biologist
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Whatever it is, it makes a LOT more sense than Coast Watch USA:

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Hey Cathy,
You looking for a licensed research captain to drive your big wood sailing boats?
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Hey Cathy,
You looking for a licensed research captain to drive your big wood sailing boats?
i am just a member of Oceanswatch, and as soon as I will have recover from my operation , maybe in midJune , i will want to go and help them , if they need me , more for humanitarian than science, i am not a scientic.
i was coming to the states to buy a boat , but i just had a major internal operation , and now i must be in Oz for August/spetember..
so my plan to the States are posponed for now..
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have look at their web site and contact them, i am sure your knowlegde and expertise could be welcome.
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Cathy...get well soon and enjoy your adventure.

DeepFrz, ...That's pretty funny, but come on....it has nothing to do with Cathys post.
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Hi Chris Bone here from OceansWatch.
Thanks very much Cathy for telling the Forum about OceansWatch, hopefully you can join us in PNG later this year or maybe in October when we reach Cairns.
If anyone has questions I will be happy to answer them.
What you see on the OceansWatch team page is the core but the team is fairly fluid. For example we have recently recruited someone to take on the education portfolio. She an American Fullbright PhD Marine Biology scholar and she will be working with existing team member Julia Alabaster who has a Masters in Health Science and an Education diploma. When there are jobs to do I tend to ask the membership for help, some will have degrees in their speciality and there will be a few PhD's I expect.
At the moment we use the ReefCheck and CoralWatch protocols for our reef monitoring work. Both the protocols have been developed by very well educated and qualified scientists. 10 OceansWatch members recently undertook training in ReefCheck over 7 days in Tonga (at our own expense).
We have no funding as yet, other than memberships and donations from Trustees. We have been donated the use of 1 yacht that we have accepted and are currenty looking at other possible yacht donations.
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There seems be some doubt about oceanwatch on another site.

Oceanswatch - Anyone Know Much About Them? - Cruiserlog's Sailing Forums and Free Cruising Crewfinder

It does not seem very encouraging....................
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It does not seem very encouraging....................
Interesting. I think the organization is too young to make any judgment calls. I think though that through time, we will be able to see how effective the organization is at accomplishing their stated goals and how efficiently money donated to the program is spent.

I think it would be wise for them to keep their financial statements available to the public. In the US, a not for profit organization like this must make their financial statements available but I have no idea about New Zealand laws.

If it becomes apparent that this is nothing more than an organization created to provide a handful of individuals a good time in the tropics on someone elses dollar under the guise of environmental do-goodism, then the money will dry up pretty quickly. The financial statements will show this. So will how much, or how little has been accomplished.

Basically, I think it would be unfair to make any judgment calls about Oceanswatch just yet.

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