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check out RAIN's Sustainable Seas Expeditions web pages at: http://www.rain.org/sse//index.html

Soon you will also be able to ask a question about the expeditions on a public listserv.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

The purpose..... is to involve undergraduate students in the research process and its relationship to education and marine policy.

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The Volunteer Fish Survey Dive
Camp Internet Online Learning Expeditions
Student Intern Program
Virtual Submersible Exhibit


The Volunteer Fish Survey Dive

The Volunteer Fish Survey Dive is a fish census conducted by trained volunteer scuba divers and snorkelers at Channel Islands. The dive will be utilizing techniques from the Great American Fish Count (GAFC), which is an annual fish census done around the country. The Volunteer Fish Survey Dive will be a part of the media/education day during the Sustainable Seas Expeditions program. The dives will be carried out simultaneously with DeepWorker submersible monitoring at 600 ft. in the Anacapa reserve.

(There was a live underwater uplink to the Anacapa Island where media and VIP's were assembled for the event. Click here to download the video and see a summary of the web chat that accompanys the video.)

divers recording fish census

Similar to the GAFC pictured here in Monterey Bay, the Volunteer Fish Survey Dive will give divers the opportunity to participate in a fish census at the Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary.

The purpose of this event is to mobilize and educate the recreational diving community and to increase the awareness and level of concern regarding the condition of fisheries and marine environment within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The data gathered during the dives will provide valuable and much needed information on fish species' diversity, abundance and distribution. This program provides a link between research and education and to empower the volunteer divers with the knowledge needed to better understand and develop an ocean stewardship.

(For information on how to get involved in the Great American Fish Count in your area, please contact GAFC@yahoo.com)



Camp Internet Online Learning Expeditions

This is your chance to interact with Sustainable Seas Expeditions researchers! An internet site sponsored by the Regional Alliance Information Network (RAIN) will be used to connect southern California classroom students grades 4 through 12 with Sustainable Seas Expedition researchers. RAIN is a Public Internet Broadcasting Service that features Camp Internet as an online interactive learning program. With support from the US Department of Education, the California Department of Education, the USDA and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Camp Internet is developing, testing, delivering, and assessing innovative distance learning programs to regional, national, and international audiences. Over 96 classrooms representing an audience of 10,000 learners will participate in Camp Internet's "Exploring the California Channel Island Region".

The Sustainable Seas Expeditions visit to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will be featured as a major event in the Camp Internet Expedition program. This will provide opportunities for:

•Coordinating live half-hour chat sessions between visiting scientists aboard the R/V McArthur and Camp Internet students.
•Adding Camp Internet classrooms to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Public listserv (coming soon) so students can ask Channel Island National Marine Sanctuary staff and interns questions about the Sustainable Seas Expeditions project
•Creating of a dynamic video journal of the research in the Sanctuary. The footage gathered would be used to expand the Marine Science units within Camp Internet and to create a Community Heritage record of the Sustainable Seas Expeditions project.

For more information about the learning expeditions and Sustainable Seas Expeditions chats, please contact: Camp@rain.org

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University of California Santa Barbara Student Intern Program

This is an opportunity for the UCSB's Environmental Studies program to establish a bridge between field science research and classroom learning during the Sustainable Seas Expeditions program. Three interns have been selected to work with Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary staff in developing and implementing the Sustainable Seas Program within the Channel Island Sanctuary. Their responsibilities include:

•helping to develop floral and faunal species lists for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
•assisting with data collection aboard the R/V McArthur during the expedition
•participating in chat sessions and videoconferences with classroom students involved with Camp Internet.
•responding to questions generated in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary public listserv

The purpose of this initiative is to involve undergraduate students in the research process and its relationship to education and marine policy. In addition, the purpose is to demonstrate how research protocols are developed with regard to addressing resource management within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.



Virtual Submersible Exhibit in Santa Barbara Maritime Museum

drawing of submersible exhibit

A virtual submersible exhibit is scheduled to be opened sometime in the year 2000 at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary will create a virtual submersible exhibit that exposes students and the general public to the latest technology in underwater non-intrusive exploratory research. The exhibit will include footage collected from the DeepWorker during the Sustainable Seas Expeditions providing examples of different habitat types within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The dramatic underwater voyage of the Deepworker along the underwater escarpment will be re-lived by museum visitors. Footage will be of broadcast quality and there will be a pre-scripted choreographed flight-motion from submersibles. This virtual submersible exhibit will provide an important link between historical maritime exploration and new technologies in ocean exploration. It is anticipated that over 100,000 visitors per year will visit the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum when it opens.

The goals and objectives of this initiative are to engage student and the general public in submersible technology and increase awareness of marine sanctuary resources, especially underwater habitats with the sanctuary.

For more information on the exhibit go to:
www.sbmm.org or www.cinms.nos.noaa.gov

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For more information on the education events at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, please contact:

Julie Goodson, Education Coordinator
(805) 884-1462
Julie.Goodson@noaa.gov

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