Take part in a scientific learning expedition on board superyacht Usher
by Sophia Heath
If you are passionate about ocean conservation but also love superyachts Fleet Miami is offering the chance to combine both in a unique charter experience. In conjunction with The International SeaKeepers Society guests will be able to enjoy a luxury yacht vacation as well as taking part in ocean research.
The first of these experiences is being offered in the Bahamas with 49 metre motor yacht Usher, famously featured in the movie Entourage, for the week beginning August 15. Guests will have the opportunity to be joined by marine research scientists and will be able to participate in a “fully immersive shark educational and research workshop experience”.
During four days guest will enjoy interactive presentations, learn how to identify specific shark species common to Bahamian waters and discover more about the Save Our Seas Shark Research Center and Guy Harvey Research Institute projects.
Participants will also be able to take part in three to four reef snorkelling trips, where pairs will be tasked with photographing the sharks seen and recording their species, sex and size.
The charter and SeaKeepers Experience will be offered at a weekly rate of $175,000 for Usher (plus APA) and the researchers will stay on Fleet Miami’s Shredder.
"We are proud to announce our support of and partnership with such an influential and active organisation as The International SeaKeepers Society,” said Glen Allen, Fleet Miami’s Fleet Captain. “Now, each Fleet Miami charter that incorporates a SeaKeepers Learning Expedition will not only be memorable and educational for each charter guest, but will lend a positive impact on overall ocean conservancy efforts.”
Although the exact dates have not yet been announced other combined charter opportunities are expected to be offered in the coming months, including reef-mapping in the Florida Keys. The impact of pollution and fishing on coral reefs is one of the biggest threats to the world's oceans.