A Creative Collaborative Approach to Engaging Non-traditional Audiences About Seamount Ecosystem Diversity
This exciting expedition brought together a diversity of partners, with their respective audiences: government, scientific research, non-profit advocacy, First Nations, state-of-the-art ocean exploration technology and science communications. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ocean Networks Canada, Oceana Canada and the Haida Nation worked together onboard Ocean Exploration Trust’s Exploration Vessel EV Nautilus to engage traditional and non-traditional audiences in the live excitement and challenge of discovering colourful abundant marine life, some of which was new to science.
Here we present the innovative and creative ways that the expedition partners used communications tools and methods to successfully broaden the public understanding of the scientific research taking place onboard an ocean expedition. Social media was used in conjunction traditional media coverage, daily videos, Facebook live, ship-to-shore connections with schools and museums, as well as in-person community events and school visits hosted by expedition partners. Highlights include the effective use of a single hashtag to aggregate the conversation; creative Twitter engagement—with a reach of 2.47 million—humanizing the onboard scientists and explaining the science with facts, photos, video and humour; public events on Haida Gwaii which provided the local community a first glimpse of their ancestral underwater territory; and livestreaming to 213,000 unique viewers in 130 countries.