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Let the FATHOMS Fun Begin

June 22nd, 2016 by Seatrek Staff | 1 Comment

DAY 1 – JUNE 16:

What a perfect start to our FATHIMG_0161OMS
voyage! We spent the day at the University of the Virgin Island’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (UVI-CMES) – hosted by Howard Forbes, Extension Coordinator for the UVI Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service. We learned about CMES research projects and toured the labs and facilities. We practiced our coral identification skills using specimens in the lab and then looked for common species in Brewers Bay, adjacent to CMES. In addition to corals, we saw many different fish, invertebrates, and even two large green sea turtles! After lunch we learned about the ecology and coastal ecosystems of the Virgin Islands. Then it was time to head back to the hotel for some food and showers and a discussion about the invasive lionfish and the turtle tagging & monitoring program we participate in for the BVI’s Conservation and Fisheries Department – it’s definitely one of our students’ favorite service learning activities. Can’t wait to head to St. John tomorrow for more adventures!!!



One Response

  1. Angie says:

    I’m loving working with these fun, enthusiastic, smart FATHOMS students!

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