10 september 2018

The Tara welcomes Libération on board

Libération journalists were hosted on board the Tara research sailing ship for a whole month to monitor the work performed by the expedition scientists who are examining the deteriorating coral reefs in the Pacific.

7 ans après son premier passage à Clipperton, Tara est de retour sur l’île de la Passion

7 ans après son premier passage à Clipperton, Tara est de retour sur l’île de la Passion. // 7 years after her initial visit to Clipperton Island, the Tara is back. © François Aurat / Tara Expeditions Foundation

The crew aboard the Tara was far from idle this summer. Sailing out of Mexico in early August, the schooner made a stopover at the French Clipperton Island, lost in the midst of the Pacific, prior to heading for the Coiba Archipelago, Panama. A little earlier, she welcomed on board a team of journalists from Libération who planned to produce a summer serial to be published in the newspaper all through the summer.
The articles describe the work performed by scientists as they collect their samples, the microorganisms that live in and around the coral reef being surveyed by the mission, tending to their preservation and then sending them to a host of partner laboratories worldwide. The column also describes the scuba diving operations, the changing rounds that pace the expedition schedule and the end-of-mission ambience appearing with the approaching autumn. The writings offer a new perspective on life aboard the schooner and may be enjoyed on the Libé website.

Protecting coral reefs.