Caribbean Conservation Adventures
Unique Conservation Adventures
We are pleased to announce our newest conservation adventure with the Sea of Change Foundation, the official conservation partner of Aggressor Adventures®.
Belize Aggressor IV
August 19 - 26, 2023
Samantha Whitcraft & Dr. Rachel Graham
Join conservation biologist, Aggressor Adventures Director of Conservation & Outreach Samantha Whitcraft and Dr. Rachel Graham, an award-winning shark conservation scientist, on our next conservation-themed adventure 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®. She graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s in Natural Science and a concentration in marine conservation biology. 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.
Meet Dr. Rachel Graham
Dr. Rachel Graham is an award-winning shark conservation scientist focused on community-based research and exploration, building local resilience, leadership, and stewardship. Dr. Graham seeks win-win solutions to reverse marine biodiversity loss and leave a legacy of thriving shark populations. Her innovative and collaborative work set standards and critical baselines to measure marine wildlife populations, and has led to conservation and policy wins, notably the creation and expansion of protected areas, marine species protection, and a first with the ban of fishing nets in Belize. In 2011, she won the Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award for work with communities and sharks in Belize, in 2021 a prestigious Pew Marine Fellowship for work on hammerhead sharks and communities in Panama, in 2022 Oceana’s Ocean Hero Award in Belize and in 2023 the Explorer’s Club EC50 of people changing the world. She is most proud of her two sea-loving boys and her blended team of scientists and fishers at MarAlliance, the NGO she founded in 2014.