We are proud to support cutting edge marine science around the world that strives for scientific discovery in order to bring awareness and policy protections. We embark on a wide range of projects that support topics from conservation biology and marine protected areas (MPAs) with a legacy of work in historical discovery through archeology.
4,724 SCIENCE DIVES
214,000 MILES TRAVELED
62 SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITIONS
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January - February 2022
Known as the jewel of Micronesia, Palau is an isolated group of 300+ pristine limestone islands located in the Western Pacific. The Waitt Institute partnered with One Reef and Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s 100 Island Challenge to conduct a scientific expedition to learn about Palau’s reef health and resilience.
Working with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the University of the Azores, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, we explored the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Flores and Corvo in the Azores.
French Polynesia & Kiribati
The challenge for this international team of volunteers was to survey coral reefs at a subset of atolls in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, and revisit several islands in the Southern Line Islands, Republic of Kiribati.
The Waitt Foundation and National Geographic Pristine Seas carried out a scientific expedition to the Magallanes region to study the marine ecosystems in its fjords and remote islands, and making recommendations to the government of Chile for their conservation and sustainable use.
The Waitt Foundation joined with Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to conduct BIORAP scientific surveys of the island group of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga.
The Waitt Foundation, in conjunction with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas program, conducted an expedition in Gabon in order to inform the government on ocean conditions and to work towards extension of land based Protected Areas into marine spaces.
Working with Mar Viva and scientists from the University of Costa Rica, Equipo Tora Carey, University Vèritas and Misión Tiburón, we conducted scientific surveys in support of filling protection gaps in both land and water based nature preserves.
A team from the 100 Island Challenge joined our surveyors with one of their signature cameras; they will put together 3D datasets of photographic mosaics that will give researchers an unparalleled view into just exactly what life is on the reefs.
The Waitt Institute and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography conducted a rapid scientific assessment of the coral reefs around the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean.
Our research ship headed toward Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys with the goal of documenting the fauna and flora in the region in order to support recommendations for protections.
The Waitt Foundation partnered with National Geographic’s Pristine Seas and their team headed up by explorer Paul Rose, for a 10-day expedition to the Selvagens Islands, south of Madeira in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.
We teamed up with the Wildlife Conservation Society to work in Myanmar and the Andaman Sea in order to increase local capacity and establish baseline data collection.
Led by the Maldives Marine Research Institute, the Waitt Institute, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, this expedition worked to better understand the health of the ocean environment across the archipelago.
The Waitt Foundation and National Geographic Pristine Seas conducted a scientific expedition to Chile’s Juan Fernández archipelago, focusing on Alejandro Selkirk Island and making dives at several sites near Robinson Crusoe Islands.
Great Barrier Reef
The Waitt Foundation partnered with the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute and Catlin Seaview Survey to survey areas on the Great Barrier Reef.
Working with Oceans 5, the Waitt Foundation conducted an expedition in the Cook Islands in order to conduct dive surveys and inform the local government in the creation of Marine Protected Areas.