The World Ocean Council is honored to welcome the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration (GFOE) among its members. By joining the international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship, the GFOE offers its expertise in developing the capabilities and fostering the relationships necessary to explore the global ocean.
The GFOE is a non-profit organization that designs, builds, and operates robotic platforms that explore the most extreme underwater environments on the planet—from the deep ocean to the largest lakes. The GFOE trains the ocean exploration workforce by offering career paths for young engineers, as well as for film makers who tell the incredible stories of our ocean (follow their YouTube channel). The organization also has the capability to video stream their explorations live to the public through the Internet.
GFOE Founder and CEO, David Lovalvo, said: “We are pleased to be part of the World Ocean Council. Through our work in the deep sea, we help society to understand, interpret and sustainably manage our critical ocean environment. We empower the maritime community by providing the tools and expertise required to reach the depths of the planet’s largest and deepest bodies of water.”
WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, added: “It is truly a pleasure to count GFOE among our Members. We look forward to working together on ocean sustainable development, and more precisely on the development of the WOC Smart Ocean – Smart Industries Program. The GFOE is uniquely positioned to establish partnerships at the crossing of public and private sectors, as well as with academic institutions. Their expertise will be valuable as we work to strengthen the SO-SI Program, and place it as a central platform in accelerating and coordinating the collection of data by commercial vessels and platforms.”
GFOE is a 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Mystic, CT. GFOE designs, builds, and operates deep ocean technologies. It also trains the ocean exploration workforce in engineering, data management, and filmmaking, with an emphasis on ethics and attention to detail.