The Save our Seas Foundation is one of the Shark Lab's primary sponsors and we are happy 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 promoting us through social media. We are incredibly grateful for SOSF's continued support.
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.
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.
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.
In 2019 SEA-R.O Watermakers gave the Shark Lab an extremely generous discount on a brand new, custom made reverse osmosis water maker. This piece of equipment is one of the most important at the Lab, supplying everyone who walks through the door with fresh drinking water.
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.
Keys Deck and Dock Supply have provided brand new dock materials at a significant discount. This will allow us to completely rebuild our dock to make it sturdier, safer and more durable for the years ahead.
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.
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!
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 Shark Lab 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 tracer will also send live updates on our field crew's actions, as well as an emailed track of their movements!
AquaTech Imaging Solutions generously donated an AxisGO for the Shark Lab's media team use. The AxisGO is a housing for iPhone which allows our photographers to capture amazing photographs in the water on their phone, without the bulk of a larger camera and housing.