H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presided over the departure of the M/V Yersin, the Monaco Explorations Campaign research vessel, at a ceremony today in the Principality of Monaco. The M/V Yersin embarked on a three-year scientific journey that was announced earlier this year by H.S.H. Prince Albert II. The Monaco Explorations Campaign aims to raise public and leaders awareness regarding the research findings as well as the many threats facing the seas today in order to promote conservation on local and international levels.
Scientific researchers will begin the first of many explorations in the archipelagos of Macaronesia in the Atlantic Ocean (Madeira-Portugal and Cabo Verde) in August. The multidisciplinary scientific explorations that will be carried out will deal with marine biology, molecular biology, biodiversity, mega fauna, protection of endangered species, ocean acidification, pollution, and will aim for increases of marine protected areas.
At the departure ceremony, H.S.H. Prince Albert II said, “the M/V Yersin is a unique ship. It’s designed and operated to minimize its impact on seas and marine ecosystems. The scientific programs selected for this campaign will have several objectives, notably a better knowledge of the oceans and the threats they face, in order to contribute to the search for local and international solutions, both from practical and political points of view. We are witnessing a moment that will remain in our memories, in those of the Principality of Monaco, and in those of all the defenders of the seas.”
The Monaco Explorations Campaign was announced by H.S.H. Prince Albert II with the full support of the Princely Government, and in partnership with Fondation Prince Albert II, Océanographique Institute de Monaco, Yacht Club de Monaco, and the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, and private partners such as Monaco-Telecom, SSI-MonacoSat and Inmarsat.
To follow the research initiatives, please visit Monaco Explorations.