On Monday, June 5th, 2017, SEARCH’s Senior Vice President Dr. James Delgado spoke at the United Nations to highlight the role of culture in working toward a sustainable future for the world’s oceans. The presentation was one of two key addresses at “An Ocean without History? – The Importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage,” organized by UNESCO as part of the UN’s Oceans Sustainability conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In his address, Dr. Delgado spoke to the importance of shipwrecks and other archaeological sites for the information they possess, their potential for research, and as tools for engaging the public. He also underscored the importance of collaborative science and the role of the private sector. The discussion focused on the protection of underwater heritage resources, as well as promotion of research, awareness, and investment in order to safeguard history.
A recognized leader in underwater cultural heritage, Dr. Delgado previously served as the Director of Maritime Heritage in the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for NOAA, as well as the President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. His 44 year career has included more than a hundred shipwreck expeditions, including submersible and robotic dives to some of the world’s deepest sites. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 30 books and hosted six seasons of the National Geographic International Television series, The Sea Hunters. Currently, Dr. Delgado is the Senior Vice President of SEARCH. SEARCH is the leading national and global provider of archaeology, maritime archaeology, architectural history, history, and museum services.