On Saturday, April 11, 2015, staff and volunteer representatives from Project Baseline (Global Underwater Explorers) and Brownies Global Logistics gathered in the early morning to set up for a full day of program outreach, networking and environmental education at day one of Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival. An estimated 30,000 people flooded the festival gates throughout the day. Each concert attendee passed directly through the Conservation Village to move between main stages, giving Project Baseline, along with a number of other conservation organizations and academic entities, primetime to share our work. Many passersby were immediately drawn to the two-man submersible on display which was used on a number of Project Baseline research missions through the Atlantic and Mediterranean in 2014.
Robert Carmichael was thrilled to personally host country singer Drake White on an interior tour of the submersible to hopefully inspire Drake’s imagination and curiosity about the possibility of exploring the underwater world. Project Baseline representatives engaged people about our program, generated a handful of new Global Underwater Explorers members and shared local coastal issues with hundreds of people throughout the day. There’s no question that the largely Florida-based audience was on the beach today to enjoy top country acts such as Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, and Brooke Eden but the crowd was more than receptive to learning about what’s going on in the ocean that’s serving as a beautiful backdrop for an incredible two days of music.
More to read right here in the Miami Herald.