Principal Scientist of Marine Heritage and Ocean Human Health, Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Dr. Philippe Rouja has been Bermuda’s custodian of historic wrecks since 2004. In that capacity, he is responsible for managing the island nation’s underwater cultural heritage. He is a cultural and medical anthropologist specializing in maritime communities, focusing on Polynesia, Australia, the Arctic and Bermuda. Since 2004, Philippe has also been principal scientist for marine heritage and ocean human health in Bermuda, in which capacity he oversees public health studies related to the use of marine resources in Bermuda. In 2014 he co-led the expedition to uncover previously unknown artifacts – in the shipwreck of the infamous blockade runner Mary-Celestia, 1864, finding sealed bottles of wine and perfume.
Between 2010 and 2014 he helped initiate the Saragasso Sea Alliance and co led expeditions with National Geographic photographers to document the wonders of the Sargasso Sea. Philippe was named the Sea Keeper of Bermuda by the International Sea Keepers Society in 2017.
In 2001 he co-founded the Bermuda-based Ocean Human Health Research Programme recently completing a film on dietary transition in the Arctic: UTSUK www.oceanhumanhealth.com.
Philippe is also a trustee of the Adara group consisting of two Australian corporate advisory businesses whose purpose is to support the non-profit international development organisation, Adara Development. Together, they work to improve health and education for women, children and communities in need.
11:45 — Mystery surrounding the Bermuda Triangle
Simultaneous interpretation I Mid Ocean Theatre
Does it exist? The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is embedded in international folklore. Several aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Most sources dismiss paranormal activity and extraterrestrial involvement. What better place to discover the secrets of the Bermuda Triangle than CCA conference in Bermuda!