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October 19, 2016

Thank You

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To the Oceana team,

Participating on board the Sea Patron with the OCEANA team for the biodiversity study of the seabed of the Lebanon is a pleasant and exceptional opportunity. As Lebanese PhD student co-managed between the National Centre for Marine Research (Batroun, Lebanon) and the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (France) on the topic of “Coastal ecosystems of the Lebanese coast: evolution, ecology and conservation”, this mission has enable me to meet expert researchers in my field and explore this amazing universe: the universe of the marine seabed of the LEBANON.

A pleasant and unique atmosphere was enjoyed on board; the team shared all types of activities and information. The Sea Patron has been transformed into a centre of study and cooperation among researchers, technicians and engineers.

I am very happy to have participated in this mission and with such a nice team. I want to thank them for the very warm welcome, sense of humour and all the information shared. Above all, I want to thank Ricardo AGUILAR for his kindness, his availability, for having shared his knowledge and his invaluable help in better understanding our marine bed. I would also like to thank the chef of the ship for his delicious dishes which were always surprising. My thanks go to professor BITAR Ghazi, with whom I spent some unforgettable times. And finally, I would like to thanks Milad FAKHRI (director of the National Centre of Marine Research) for having enabled me to participate in this particular and unique expedition.

Carry on OCEANA, you are amazing! Hoping to accompany you on other missions, THANK YOU.