3 researchers examining Marine Protected AreasThe exploration has begun! Yesterday was an action packed day full of island walks and snorkeling the beautiful waters of Allen’s, U and Leaf Cays. However today (May 16th) we dove into our research projects and started to collect data. All of our research projects are different from one another, but all of our investigations concern Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Non-Protected Areas (NMPAs). The MPA we visit during the trip is called the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Today we collected data while snorkeling a reef outside of the park. Then we traveled to the park and walked up Bush Hill Cay for a breath taking view of the Exumas. Next we traveled to Little Wax Cay to try our hand using a seine net to collect animals (quickly surveyed and then released). We traveled to Warderick Wells were the park headquarters are located and moored for the night, anxious to see what tomorrow’s explorations had in store for us.