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Gardner Bickford arrives in Vanuatu

03 July 2009 | Port Villa
Gardner Bickford
Hello, my name is Gardner Bickford. I just arrived in Port Vila today after a gruelling trip through 5 different airports in four different countries over as many days. I am OceansWatch member #3. I have been volunteering with OceansWatch since late 2007, working with Martin Chadwick on the website. I am a 28 year old Yankee with a mission to live on every continent for one year. Hopefully after I have accomplished that then I can move on to living on each of the seven seas for a year.
I was fortunate enough to be selected as crew on "Magic Roundabout" for the 2009 Pacific trip. As I'm sure you've already read on the http://www.oceanswatch.org/page/pacific OceansWatch Pacific Project Page, the "Magic Roundabout" team is made up of Skipper Chris Bone, Marine Biologist Cleo Pandelaers, Marine/Environmental Scientist Alison Schmidt and me. Cleo and Alison are PADI Dive Instructors and all of us have a diverse repertoire of skills that I hope will become evident as this blog continues. This year we are focusing on working with island communities to develop local teams that can help to define, create, and maintain marine and terrestrial environmental conservation areas to protect resources which, in some cases, are vital to the survival of local communities. Most of that work for OceansWatch involves equipping local teams with knowledge, allowing them to continue Reef Check work and to come to reasonable communal decisions on environmental conservation topics. On land in PNG we will be meeting with Carey Senior. Carey is an OceansWatch volunteer water engineer who will be helping four villages work together to bring a fresh water source into each village. I am keen to help Carey in any way possible which will most likely involve me getting dirty in the jungle. So, stay tuned for pictures!
Vessel Name: Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose
Vessel Make/Model: Sweden Yachts 34, Anna Rose '43 yacht
Hailing Port: Whangarei, NZ
Crew: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Permanant skipper Chris is a professional yacht skipper and runs a yacht delivery company- Pacific Yacht Deliveries. He has been an environmental activist for many years, including 2 years as a skipper for Greenpeace on the yacht Vega. [...]
The long term use of Magic Roundabout was donated to OceansWatch to carry out Marine conservation and provide humanitarian aid to the coastal communities in the Pacific. OceansWatch has set up an ongoing training system for yachties and divers to monitor reef health throughout the Pacific using the [...]
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Magic Roundabout, Cat Knapp & Anna Rose's Photos - Main
OceansWatch team sailing to Opua
16 Photos
Created 14 June 2009
Work on the Magic Roundabout and departure from Whangarei
15 Photos
Created 8 June 2009
Pics of the 2009 project crew
4 Photos
Created 9 February 2009
A selection of pictures from our 2008 Vanuatu project
10 Photos
Created 1 August 2008
Reef Check training with Reef Check Australia in the Ha'apais April 2008
12 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 June 2008
Delivery to Vanuatu
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2008

Oceanswatch Expeditions

Who: Chris Bone, Irene Llabres, Katherine Rainone, Anna Pohl
Port: Whangarei, NZ

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