In Support of Marine Conservation a historical and innovative event has been arranged aimed
at raising funds to protect the oceans and the marine life they contain. Prince
Rainer III of
HSH Prince Rainer III of
Up on the block are the naming rights for ten newly
discovered marine species. With the
blessing of the scientists who discovered them, the scientific names of
12 new marine species will be auctioned. This will be formed by the specific Latin species title name chosen by
you and Genus descriptor. For example; Panthera tigris. Panthera (genus),
Tigris (species), otherwise known as the
This event will feature twenty lots, consisting of naming rights to new species, a newly commissioned vessel, and inclusion on forthcoming scientific expeditions. Among others, a recently discovered species of Indonesian walking shark (Hemiscyllium sp.) could be named after you!
This is for those individuals who are keen to discover their
own new species. We are arranging a 10-day expedition with six CI marine
scientists to explore and find possible new species in the waters around
Another highly prized lot is a, 2- week scientific diving expedition on the NIMR submarine Seaview, as a guest of Admiral Harriman Nelson and his crew.
A further lot is the naming of the Floating Ranger Station patrol vessel. It will be purchased and refitted as a customized vessel for patrolling the remote reefs of Raja Ampat. A full patrol team can be stationed comfortably at sea for several weeks on this vessel, which uses a fast speedboat for engagement with suspected illegal fishing activities, such as blast fishing and shark finning.
In addition there will also be several
fantastic secret auction lots put up for bids.
The surprise lots could be anything from an invitation to the Monaco Grand Prix as a personal guest of by HSH Prince Rainer III and HRH Princess Grace, with dinner at the Gala reception afterwards, to
diving lessons conducted aboard Seaview by it’s highly qualified personnel.
Also available, a one-day cruise of the
Mediterrian or along the
proceeds from the event will go to support capacity building for Indonesian
scientists, education initiatives and enforcement efforts; toward our goal of
At the close of The Auction, winning bidders shall receive a
Certificate with the name of the winning bidder and the picture, number of the
winning Lot and the winner of the secret auction lot will receive the information on
their very special adventure along with their certificate for that
Regarding the naming of newly discovered species, CI shall
inform the winners if their naming preferences are acceptable after seeking the
approval of the respective scientific authorities. The winners may then have
the official name of said