Establishment of a Bioluminescence Observation Project in Puerto Mosquito, Vieques


In conjunction with Dr. Michael Latz and Scripps Oceanographic Institute, Wet Labs, Inc., DNER and the Vieques Municipality, the VCHT carried out the most complex scientific monitoring of the bay ever. Twice a week, from September 2010 to January 2011, for 13 weeks, Mark Martin, as principal field investigator, performed analysis on samples taken from Puerto Mosquito.

This study used very specialized equipment, developed by Wet Labs, and used for the first time in a research setting, to measure bioluminescence. physical parameters, atmospheric information, dinoflagellate count and photons emitted.

Early results from the study were presented for the first time to the ASLO conference in Puerto Rico in the winter of 2011.