Caribbean Conservation Adventures
Join conservation biologist, Aggressor Adventures Director of Conservation & Outreach Samantha Whitcraft, on our next conservation-themed trip aboard the beautiful BELIZE AGGRESSOR IV, Aug 19 - 26, 2023. Belize is ideally situated along the Mesoamerican barrier reef ecosystem, the second longest in the world. The reef attracts a wide variety of marine animals including healthy populations of tropical fishes like beautiful midnight parrotfish, friendly gray angelfish, silvery tarpon, spotted eagle rays, large nurse sharks, and fascinating macro creatures.
This adventure includes:
- Short, fun and informative presentations about marine conservation focusing on coral reefs and diversity of fishes.
- An introduction to citizen science opportunities for divers
- Learn tips and tricks for reef fish species ID
- Shark conservation for divers
- Coral reef conservation & restoration, an overview
- All about the Sea of Change Foundation & Green the Fleet®
Divers will explore the spectacular reef formations of the famous Blue Hole, Turneffe Atoll’s islands, Lighthouse Reef, and Half Moon Caye while enjoying legendary Aggressor service.
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.
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 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 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 dogs, Nugget and Daisy.