International Seakeepers Society

Posted by Christine McKenna
August 18th, 2009
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The International SeaKeepers Society works to protect the ocean environment and collect information on water quality.   It developed the SeaKeeper 1000 system, which records data about the ocean climate that it sends to scientists and weather agencies. The SeaKeepers Society was originally started by yacht owners, but now includes divers, marine-related businesses, scientists, and others.

 The SeaKeeper 1000 was first put into use in some yachts in the year 2000, then installed in other vessels and facilities in 2003. The data it collects and transmits not only helps scientists study environmental issues (such as climate change), but enables meteorologists to predict the weather more accurately. The data includes information like water acidity, air temperature, and salt levels.

The Society publishes a print and email newsletter, operates a partnership program with yacht manufacturers, and holds various fundraising events throughout the year. It also issues a yearly award to persons who have worked to protect the ocean environment. Recipients of the SeaKeeper Award have included well-known individuals from several different countries, such as Walter Cronkite, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Rainier III, and Jean-Michel Cousteau.

 The International SeaKeepers Society was founded in 1998 and is based in Ft. Lauderdale, although it was first established in the European country of Monaco. It offers five main membership levels, each associated a different amount of financial contribution. Members who donate especially large sums can decide to have the SeaKeeper 1000 system placed on a marine facility or vessel of their choice.   The ocean monitoring mission expanded when the International SeaKeeper’s Society extended to Membership options to Captains and Crew. 

Learn more about participating professionals in marine conservation programs here.

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1. International SeaKeepers Society

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