María José Cornax is twenty-seven years old. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science, and she has worked at Oceana for almost three years. She has led several campaigns to eradicate illegal fishing with drift nets in the Mediterranean. This has made her an expert on the topic.
Yesterday we anchored off the Greek island of Patmos. It is a small island, but from the ship it looks like your typical postcard of a Greek holiday to us. There are several craft of different sizes anchored like us.
Taking advantage of a few moments of sailing time, Patricia Lastra, one of Oceana's scientists aboard the Marviva Med, has agreed to a short interview in which she tells us about her work.
Patricia is a thirty year old Sevillian who has been working with Oceana's crew since may. Here, she is one of the organization's scientific experts and she participates in planning and conducting larval sampling in the main red tuna spawning grounds to evaluate the protection of these essential habitats.
We continued in the Aegean Sea. The weather is great. The wind has died down and the sea is quite calm. This allows us to continue with our campaign plan without major changes.
Yesterday, at dusk, Patricia Lastra, the marine scientist who is who is working on the red tuna habitat conservation campaign in the Mediterranean, took several samples with the icthyoplankton net at different stations to the West of the island of Samothracia (Greece).
As I had already told Keith, on July 30, the Marviva Med was arriving in the port of Athens and the little changes in the Oceana's crew that were planned for that port were made. In Athens, we said goodbye to Alberto Iglesias, one of the safety divers, as well as Keith Ellenbogen, the onboard underwater photographer since the campaign began on the Marviva Med in late May.