The Grand Blue 2015 - Summary

March 16th, at the Montreal Biodôme, we held a fundraiser night to finance our next field season and hopefully continue the longest study on the endangered blue whales.

Increases in prices of insurances, permits, and in general plus the lack of funding, is threatening research and specially long term study all over the world. Losing such long data sets is really a loss of our heritage and a loss for the monitoring of the health and changes in the ecosystemes. Human threats are rising on all the ecosystemes and long terme study provides a larger view of the effects and gives us, humans, the tools and knowledge necessary to find an apply solutions.

More than 100 peoples came to the evening, and had the chance to have a VIP visit of the Biodôme exhibits. Champain was served while the evening started with a nice word from Jean-Lemire, famous film maker and explorer from Quebec who started his career at MICS (see video here). Skillfull musicians, took over the stage for a night of good music ! There was a silent auction with over 40 items, a donation map and last but least, a table with fine cheese, delicatessen and wine. Hugo Latullipe, famous film maker and producer from Quebec said a nice speech for the public on the tv screens, placed around the room to show MICS pictures and videos collections over the 36 years of work at sea. It was a wonderfull evening. (see video here)

A big thank you to all who have contributed, near or far, to the success of this wonderful evening at the Biodome. Thank you to all who shared the evening with us - to all the artists and invited speakers, to the volunteers, and to the entire team of the Grand Blue. The MICS team extends sincere gratitude to those who join this cause, to ensure the continuity of MICS research and education, and its contribution to society. Thank you Richard for your hard work and contagious perseverance.

Special guest

Master of ceremony