OAA’s founding members and longtime associates David Hannan and Pete West are committed to Tara Pacific 2016 – 2018 Expedition as onboard underwater documentarians.
This expedition is unique in that it will cover such a huge geographical area – the Pacific Ocean – where over 40% of the world’s coral reefs are concentrated. A study on this scale has never before been accomplished.
From east to west and from north to south, Tara will criss-cross the Pacific Ocean to explore the hidden diversity of coral reefs and gain a better understanding of their capacity to adapt to climate change. From the Panama Canal to the archipelago of Japan (2016-2017), from New Zealand to China (2017-2018), the schooner will traverse 11 time zones of the world’s largest ocean, and visit the most remote islands and reefs.
Supply of images and creation of elements to be included with public educational outreach presentations are expected to be part of ongoing activities.
“Our oceans and coral reefs are in big trouble and ‘business as usual’ isn’t our only viable option going forward” – David Hannan