Several members of  the crew from the R/V Chapman a 137 foot research vessel out of Curacao visited the March 3rd meeting of the Rotary Club of  Portsmouth.

 

 

The Director, Adrian “Dutch” Schrier spoke to the club about their mission

 

while in Dominica.  He described their two fold purpose, first to explore

 

the deep reefs using their five man Curasub to explore from 200 too 1000

 

feet down in search of new species.  A dozen research scientists from the

 

Smithsonian Institute and various Universities will be participating in

 

these explorations of marine life and changes on the deep reefs of the

 

southern Caribbean.  Francois van der Hoeven spoke about the second

 

part of the Chapman’s mission, which is to conduct a marine archeological

 

expedition exploring the northwestern part of Dominica looking for

 

anchorage sites and possible archeological discoveries.

 
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