Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) is an annual educator workshop and scuba field experience that introduces educators to the sanctuary, coral reefs, reef fish identification and ocean conservation.
The field experience is a dive trip to the Flower Garden and Stetson banks on a live-aboard dive charter. During the dive trip, workshop participants explore the sanctuary and conduct fish surveys to add to a database of knowledge about which species are present in what quantities.
Workshop participants completed 47 fish surveys and
identified 105 different species during their field experience.
This workshop creates a memorable, hands-on experience that educators take back to their classrooms as well as museums, aquariums, and other informal education sites.
DUOY 2015 included participants from Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, Oklahoma (Indonesia), and Washington.
Workshop funding and coordination are provided
by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Workshop instruction and activities are provided by sanctuary staff and guest speakers.
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