The Science Exploration Education (S.E.E.) Initiative is a pioneering effort to explore the ocean. OpenROV is partnering with National Geographic to donate 1,000 underwater drones to explore, monitor and protect marine environments.


Mei Sato


Please list any collaborators names and emails who will be working on your project

Andrew Trites <>

If your project is not in your home country or community, are any of your collaborators local or are you working with a local organization? *

The project is located in our local areas in Salish Sea

Open Explorer Expedition


Your Expedition:

Please include the link to your live expedition on Without a link, you application for a Trident ROV won’t be considered.


Full Shipping Address – Please include Phone Number

Pamela Rosenbaum

Room 247, AERL Building, 2202 Main Mall

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6T1Z4
phone:  1-604-822-8181


Are you affiliated with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society)?



Do you or your collaborators have any other institutional connections/affiliations?

Mei Sato: Research Associate of University of British Columbia

Andrew Trites: Professor of University of British Columbia


Anything else we should know?

The OpenROV will contribute to the conservation of Chinook salmon and killer whales—and the protection of marine habitat. We will explore and compare the habitats used and not used by killer whales to identify critical habitat and determine how much prey is available to southern resident killer whales. We will also capture images of fish below our research vessel for comparison with the hydroacoustic signals being used to quantify the availability of fish for killer whales.  Combining visual images from the OpenROV’s Trident drone with our hydroacoustic surveys will provide a powerful means to communicate the scientific results of our predator-prey killer-whale study to stakeholders and the public.


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