Unique Conservation Adventures

Unique Conservation Adventure with the Sea of Change Foundation

 

We are pleased to announce our newest unique adventure with the Sea of Change Foundation, the official conservation partner of Aggressor Adventures®. 

Roatan Aggressor
Bay Islands of Honduras
August 27 - September 03, 2022
Samantha Whitcraft

Join our Director of Conservation & Outreach (and a Scuba Diving Magazine Sea Hero) Samantha Whitcraft, on our next conservation-themed dive trip aboard the beautiful ROATAN AGGRESSOR, Bay Islands of Honduras, Aug 27 - Sept. 3, 2022. Roatan is ideally situated along the Mesoamerican barrier reef ecosystem, the second longest in the world. The reef attracts a wide variety of marine animals and feeds the Bay Islands with healthy and diverse populations of tropical fishes and other marine creatures making it a true diver's delight in the Caribbean.

  • Short, fun and informative presentations
  • An introduction to citizen science opportunities for divers
  • Learn tips and tricks - Reef fish species ID –
  • Shark conservation for divers
  • Coral reef conservation & restoration, an overview
  • All about the Sea of Change Foundation & Green the Fleet®


Explore the thriving marine ecosystem of Roatan while enjoying “the ultimate in liveaboards®”. The itinerary will provide divers access to sheer walls, mystical wrecks, massive barrel sponges and captivating macro critters while providing legendary Aggressor service. The beautiful 120-foot Roatan Aggressor yacht pampers 18 guests with the excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine, and signature amenities our guests have come to expect over the past 35 years.

After lunch throughout the trip, Samantha will offer short, fun, and informative presentations about the fascinating world of ocean conservation, focusing on Caribbean coral reefs, the diversity of fishes, and the role of citizen science in conservation. Guests will get helpful tips for easy species identification, both above and below the water. Guests may also learn more about Aggressor Adventures’ Green the Fleet® sustainability program and the on-going work of their official conservation partner, the Sea of Change Foundation


This recent article in Scuba Diving Magazine about our “Sharks, Coral & Conservation” Unique Adventure dive trip aboard the Bahamas Aggressor, gives an excellent account of what our Sea of Change Foundation conservation-themed trips are -- fun, informative, and exciting! Join Us.

“We’re thrilled to bring this unique opportunity to divers – the opportunity to deepen their underwater experience with fascinating and fun conservation presentations above the water.” 
- -  Wayne Brown, CEO Aggressor Adventures

Meet Samantha Whitcraft

Samantha is Executive Director of the Sea of Change Foundation and Director of Conservation & Outreach at Aggressor Adventures®. Samantha’s work includes developing GREEN THE FLEET® sustainability guidance for Aggressor Adventures and educational curriculum for the M/V Oceans for Youth, a classroom-at-sea vessel operating in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. At the Sea of Change Foundation, she guides the development and funding of innovative conservation and research such as the Reef Rescue and Rapid Response program.

Over the past 20+ years, as a conservation biologist, Samantha has worked from the field, lab, and office to protect the oceans’ ecosystems. Researching biodiversity, sustainable fisheries, and the illegal wildlife trade has taken her to the Amazon with National Geographic, to the Mesoamerican reef with NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, and to some of the most remote islands of the Pacific to develop citizen science and sustainable ecotourism while promoting ocean literacy. Samantha has served on the Sanctuary Advisory Council of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and on the Board of the New England Aquarium’s Beach Teach Program.

Samantha graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Natural Science and a concentration in marine conservation biology. She earned her Master’s of Marine Affairs and Policy at the University of Miami. She has taught formally at Miami Dade College and the University of Hawaii on the subjects of environmental ethics, traditional ecological knowledge, and coral reef ecosystems. After the Gulf oil spill, she was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA Fisheries with a national award for exceptional service in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Whitcraft was also one of twenty women selected for the Women’s Environmental Leaders Forum – Miami with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, principal environmental advisor to the President. In 2020, she was recognized by the professional diving community with the DEMA Wave Maker Award recognizing her significant contribution to the industry. She has produced award-winning short environmental films, researched and reported on the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade, and is an avid photographer and published nature writer. She is a Platinum Pro 5000 Diver, recognized by the scuba diving industry as an “elite water explorer”. She lives in Florida on a sustainable tree farm with her two wonderful pit bulls, Nugget and Daisy.