Indonesia And US Launch Deep-Sea Expedition

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
12 July 2010, at 1:00am

INDONESIA AND THE US - The first joint expedition by the Republic of Indonesia and the United States to explore unknown deep-sea areas in Indonesian waters is under way.

This expedition is the first activity in a multi-year partnership to advance ocean science, technology and education.

This is the maiden expedition of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and the first joint international expedition to send live images and other data from sea to scientists on watch at Exploration Command Centers ashore both in Indonesia and the United States.

“On behalf of all Indonesians, I am very pleased to welcome the Okeanos Explorer to Indonesia,” said Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad. “We look forward to the weeks ahead when live images and other data will be transmitted from sea to Indonesian and U.S. scientists standing watch ashore, both here in Jakarta and in Seattle. I expect our joint work will reveal secrets hidden in the deep sea that will promote knowledge and create new understanding of the importance of the oceans and seas to all life.”