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!
Since the donation of the skiffs in 2008, we continue to be amazed at the craftsmanship and durability of Sundance boats. The two additional 20" boats donated in 2012 have become the firm favourites for the staff. These are perfect hybrid vessels for the shallow waters around Bimini as well for working up huge sharks offshore in the Gulf Stream!
In 2019, the Shark Lab officially partnered withTropic 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.
Tropic Ocean Airways
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 Sharklab since it's inception and has supported Dr. Gruber's research since the 1980s.
Davey Marine Center has been instrumental in keeping our vessels on the water. Davey supplied the Prolines and our old Aquasport to BBFS. Mercury Marine, through Davey Marine, continues to provide replacement outboard engines on a regular basis. Davey is always quick to install these new engines and continually supports our programs so that we can get back out on the water and do the things we do. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Mario Aiello from Davey.
Davey Marine Center Inc.
Keys Deck and Dock have provided the Sharklab with a generous discount on a new dock for our boat fleet.
Keys Deck and Dock
SPOT creates satellite tracers and telephones. With our increase in offshore research, we are often out of radio range, which can be worrying for the home crew.
With our new sponsorship with SPOT, they have solved our worry, by providing the Sharklab with a tracer and a satellite phone. This means our home crew will be reachable from any distance, even if it's just to notify them of a shark! The SPOT trace will also send live updates on our field crew's actions, as well as an emailed track of their movements!
E.I. Medical has generously provided us with one of their ultrasound machines. Due to their support we are now able to investigate if certain sharks in Bimini are pregnant!
Save our Seas are one of the Sharklab's primary sponsors and we are happy to form a partnership with their foundation. Save our Seas Foundation supports the Sharklab in numerous ways by supporting us through funding, collaborating with us on campaigns, and promoting us through social media. We hope to continue this partnership throughout the future.
Save Our Seas
Since 2015, the Sharklab has participated in Tortuga's "Rock The Ocean" Music Festival. In addition to spending three amazing days at the festival, the lab also receives an annual donation! #RockTheOcean
Tortuga Music Festival
Sherwood Scuba kindly donated sets of masks, snorkels, fins, and THREE full scuba kits to the lab! This collaboration was facilitated by their Marine Conservation Leader, Thomas Leszkiewicz.