Forging links with the Commonwealth – 1990
In 1990, the Commonwealth Science Council facilitated collaboration between Commonwealth Caribbean scientists and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) of Goa, India through the Caribbean Oceanographic Research Exploration (CORE) Project. Under the project, Commonwealth Caribbean marine scientists underwent a training period at the NIO laboratory in India and this was followed by a 45-day Caribbean research cruise on board the Indian research vessel, the RV Sagar Kanya.
The Chief Scientist on board the research vessel, Dr. Arun Wagh, subsequently became the Director of the IMA from January 1997 to December 1998. During this period, technical assistance was provided to the IMA in the assignment of two oceanographers from India’s NIO, to the Institute of Marine Affairs.