KEY LARGO (CBSMiami/AP) — The partial government shutdown may be over but it’s still causing delays especially for the grandson of ocean exploration pioneer Jacques Cousteau who planned to spend a month in an underwater research lab in the Florida Keys.
Due to the 16-day partial government shutdown, Fabien Cousteau had to postpone his journey to the Aquarius Reef Base off Key Largo.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
Cousteau had planned a 31-day stay underwater next month with a team of filmmakers and scientists. They were going to test experimental equipment and conduct research on the underwater effects of climate change.
Cousteau’s privately funded “Mission 31” now is planned for the spring.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
In a statement last week, Cousteau said partial shutdown of the U.S. government delayed film and science permits the mission requires.
Aquarius sits about 60 feet below the ocean’s surface in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It’s owned by the U.S. government and managed by Florida International University.MORE NEWS: South Florida Winn Dixie & Fresco y Mas Pharmacies Expect To Get N95 Masks On Friday
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