Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Marine Research

This is on the SVG Tourism site:

News [8/19/2009]

Come Join a Grenadines Research Cruise for the Day!

The media and interested members of the public from across the Grenadines are being given the exciting opportunity to spend a day on a research cruise that is mapping the rich underwater bounty of these islands.

The cruise expedition, is being led by members of the the Sustainable Grenadines Project and Kim Baldwin, a PhD student with the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the Unversity of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados. It is a major collaboration effort between multiple organisations across the two countries of Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The cruise launches in St. Vincent on August 4 and will be working its way up from the Bequia Channel all the way to Il de Rhonde in the south, finishing on August 31.

While the cruise organisers will not be responsible for transporting persons to and from the catamaran, interested persons are invited to organise their own transportation and come out to meet the boat as it passes through their waters. Alternately, the boat will stop and spend some time on each island for a couple of days, which will provide opportunities to catch up with the crew. Regular updates on the boats schedule will be provided through the e-group:

The month-long research cruise falls under the Marine Resource and Space-use Information System (MarSIS) project. This project is creating a habitat map of the sea around the Grenadines and highlighting areas of importance to the various marine resource users, including critical marine resources such as reefs, seagrasses and mangroves. Local communities will be consulted to identify other areas which are important for conservation and the livelihoods of the Grenadine people. The MarSIS research is unique in that it brings together data from many sources (including local knowledge) so that a transboundary marine space-use information system can be developed. This will aid planning and management in the Grenadines marine environment in order to preserve it for future generations.

This cruise is sponsored by The Moorings, Mustique Company, The Lighthouse Foundation, Tobago Cays Marine Park and the St Vincent & the Grenadines Fisheries Division. The crew consists of two Grenadines fishers, a local captain, two fisheries biologists (one from St. Vincent Fisheries Division & one from Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism) as well as two UWI students.

For more information on how you can get involved or to plan a day-trip please contact the Sustainable Grenadines Project in Union Island at 784-485-8779 or contact Kim Baldwin via email at or on the boat cell # 784-454-0606
Hope to see many of you on the water this month!


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And this appeared in the Providence (Rhode Island) Journal:

Vassar Instructor Wins Fulbright Grant
Meg Stewart, instructional technologist at Vassar College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and do research at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, in Barbados during the 2009-10 academic year, according to the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Stewart will work on a mapping project in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, looking at sustainable use of marine resources and making this geospatial information available online in Google Earth and a Web map. She will also teach a geographic information system class in the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies graduate program at the university.
Stewart is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2009-10.
For information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://fulbright. or contact James Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 1-202-453-8531 or e-mail

Sounds like the seas around the Grenadines will be crowded. I'll follow the blogs.