Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Message for Schmidt Ocean Institute's Falkor Vessel

In Hawaii, protecting our oceans is not just a policy discussion, it's a way of life. From the coral reefs that keep our coastline and marine life safe, to the incredible energy derived from our waves, our oceans are vital to our communities, our economy, and our way of life here in our island home.

Over the past five years, the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel ‘Falkor’ has made innumerable contributions to Hawaiʻi, the Pacific, and the ocean research community at large. Falkor has mapped over 445,000 square kilometer, discovered new underwater features like Falkor Deep, mapped thirty-five percent of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, discovered new species, explored new areas that offer opportunities for overall ocean health, and so much more. Along with these critical discoveries, Falkor has also worked to connect Hawaiʻi’s people with its research, streaming 360-degree footage, fostering the Artist-at-Sea program, and bringing the community it serves in to its discovery process.

Mahalo nui loa to the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Falkor crew and researchers, and the many people who support the important mission and work we’re gathered to celebrate today. Best wishes for your continued success!

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