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Old 12-16-2014, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Searching for a yacht in the Indian Ocean to help with marine research!

Hi,

Bit of a strange request but here goes

We are a group of marine researchers studying manta and mobula ray populations in the Indian Ocean and are searching for enthusiastic yachters to help us conduct a research expedition in mid-2015. We are searching for a yacht that could be used as a research platform - basically a vessel that could sleep an additional 4-5 researchers for a 3 week cruise departing from and returning to Sri Lanka. Our plan is to follow a local fishing vessel out to sea (anywhere between 200-1,000 nautical miles over ~20 days), document their fishing techniques and place satellite tags on manta and mobula rays in order to track their movement patterns.

To give you some background, we are part of a UK registered charity (The Manta Trust - Manta Trust | Conservation through Research, Awareness and Education) carrying out marine research and conservation on a global scale in collaboration with various universities, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US. You can find more information about this particular project in the following PDF: http://www.mantatrust.org/wp-content...-Sri-Lanka.pdf

Please do contact me through this forum (or via email - daniel (at) manta trust . org) if you are interested or if you can point me in the right direction!

Thanks for your time.

Cheers!
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Good luck to you in these endeavors. It is difficult to take on 1 or 2 extra crew -- having 5 or so would be quite a large number requiring a significantly larger than average cruising boat.
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