Annual Report

Our team continued to build on more than 35 years of innovation and discovery.

87 days at sea
56 AUV missions
2,147 kilometers mapped
52 ROV dives
241 hours of ROV video
486K video annotations
130K machine learning video localizations
55.6 petabytes of soundscape data downloaded
90 floats launched (SOCCOM/GO-BGC)
54 publications
150 presentations
106 mentorships
17 news stories
22 video productions
616K social media followers
1 new species
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MBARI President and Chief Executive Officer reflects on the important milestones reached in 2023.

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2023 Award Recipients

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Kakani Katija

Marine Technology Society’s Compass Distinguished Achievement Award

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Astrid Leitner

Maxwell/Hanrahan Awards in Field Biology

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Chris Scholin

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s 2023 Panetta Sea Star

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Giancarlo Troni

Inspirational Teachers Award from the 2023 Mechanical Engineering Class PUC-Chile

In Memoriam

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Richard Barber

MBARI’S Inaugural Executive Director

MBARI’s inaugural Executive Director, Richard Barber, helped forge the character of a fledgling institution and played an important role in shaping MBARI’s mission to build and scale the innovative technology needed to understand and protect our ocean.