Monday, February 23, 2009

The 2009 Joint Aquarium Fiji Expedition

The Joint Aquarium Fiji Expedition combines the best fish minds from the New England Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Expedition members build working relationships with the people of Fiji and explore the complex biodiversity of the area.

Keith Ellenbogen, a member of the 2008 expedition took these amazing photographs of marine life. Part of the mission of the expedition is to build support with Fijians and people around the world to protect these ecosystems.

The 2008 expedition included participants from the New England Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The New England Aquarium's Curator of Fishes, Steve Bailey (Bailey), is a point person for this expedition, which has included many participants in the past: VP of Global Marine Programs Greg Stone, Senior Marine Biologist Steve Webster of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, New England Aquarium Board Members and long-time supporters Alan Dynner and Sandy Prescott and Dr. Gerry Allen, a revered marine biologist at Conservatin International. Here are some photos of those participants.

Some village chiefs in Fiji are attemptng to clearly establish a value for their culture that ensures long-term success of the tribe and village, as well as conservation of local resources. Members of the Joint Aquarium Fiji Expedition meet with villagers in Fiji in the burre, or community hall. These photos were taken during visits to villages:

Bookmark this page to stay connected to updates from the field from Bailey. The dives start this Friday, February 27.

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