SAVE OUR SEAS FOUNDATION
The Save our Seas Foundation is one of the Shark Lab's primary supporters and we are grateful to have been in partnership since 2014. Save our Seas Foundation is a key funder for our ongoing research efforts, and in addition they collaborate with us on a variety of campaigns, and promote or achievements through social media. We are incredibly grateful for SOSF's continued support.
OCEAN MOKUM FOUNDATION
The Ocean Mokum Foundation has been instrumental in granting us the support needed to expand on our Florida Keys research objectives. Additionally, Ocean Mokum is providing necessary funding to maintain and grow our Outreach and Education initiatives by sponsoring scholarships for our Teacher & Educator courses. We are proud to be in partnership with the Ocean Mokum Foundation.
ROCK THE OCEAN
In 2015 we teamed up with Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival to educate the public on important shark research at the festival's Conservation Village. We continue to use the platform annually to share our information and encourage the community to participate in elasmobranch conservation. The funding provided by Rock The Ocean goes directly back into our research projects.
The McPike-Zima Foundation has generously supported the BBFSF in supplying funding for Scholarship opportunities for international and Bahamian internships. Additionally, the McZP Foundation fully funded a Shark Biology and Conservation course for Bahamian Marine Science students at the University of Bahamas in the winter of 2023.
BBFS could not carry out our daily research activities if it were not for the generous support of Mercury Marine. Our full fleet of research vessels are powered by Mercury outboard engines ranging in size from 40HP all the way up to twin 115HP. Mercury has been an important part of the Shark Lab since its inception and began supporting Dr. Gruber's research since the 1980s.
SUNDANCE COMPOSITE RESEARCH
Wally Bell of Composite Research & Sundance Boats, has graciously supplied a fleet of flat bottom and bay boats. These vessels, which include four 16" and two 17" skiffs, as well as two 20" bay hybrid boats are our work horses here at the lab, and we couldn't be happier to have an entire fleet of eight research vessels supplied by Wally Bell & Sundance Boats!
E.I MEDICAL IMAGING
E.I Medical have been an essential part of our research growth. In 2019 they created a custom ultrasound for the Shark Lab, allowing us to continue our study of pregnant female sharks using Bimini as a pupping ground. Without this crucial piece of equipments, our projects wouldn't be able to expand.
TROPIC OCEAN AIRWAYS
In 2019, the Shark Lab officially partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways. The incredible Tropic team help the lab obtain necessary supplies and shipments from the US, and have been instrumental in assisting our volunteers and staff with transport off and on island.