The mission of AAUS is to facilitate the development of safe and productive scientific divers through education, research, advocacy, and the advancement of standards for scientific diving practices, certifications and operations. President of AAUS, Christian McDonald, said, “On behalf of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences I wish to extend our welcome and congratulations to the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation.” He continued, “We look forward to your many years of active involvement within the AAUS. The strength and true value of the Academy resides with the expertise of our organizational membership.”
Captain Philip Renaud, Executive Director of the Foundation stated, “Establishing a professional scientific diving program is a major milestone for our Foundation ensuring safe and effective coral reef research throughout our ambitious Global Reef Expedition program and beyond.”
Founded by HRH Prince General Khaled bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation was incorporated in California as a 501(c)(3), public benefit, Private Operating Foundation in September 2000. With its headquarters in Washington, DC, the Living Oceans Foundation is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of oceans of the world, and champions their preservation through research, education, and a commitment to Science Without Borders.
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