Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, the spider-like catamaran, Proteus, sailed into New York Harbor today prior to embarking on its One Ocean mission through America's national marine sanctuaries.
The One Ocean mission is designed to build international alliances and strengthen ties between marine protected areas around the world by using advanced technology to promote better stewardship of the world's oceans.
Proteus, the first full-size WAM-V™ (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel), developed by Marine Advanced Research, Inc., recently completed a tour through Italy's Marine Protected Areas, where the One Ocean mission began in June.
This mission will highlight that the various man-made threats to marine resources in special protected areas such as habitat damage, water pollution, threatened wildlife populations and recovering fish stocks are the same world wide. Special marine protected areas in all the world's oceans are in need of enhanced public awareness, expanded science capabilities, and new strategies to safeguard resources.