Sea-Bird Scientific Advances to Ocean Health XPrize Finals

PRESS: Sea-Bird Scientific Team Advances to Finals of Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

[BELLEVUE, WA] Sea-Bird Scientific announced today that it has been selected as a finalist for the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a global competition to create pH sensor technology that will accurately measure ocean acidification.  Sea-Bird Scientific is a member of Team Durafet a group that also includes representatives from Honeywell, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO).  Beginning on May 14, Team Durafet will participate in the final phase of the competition – a series of deep ocean tests off the northern coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sea-Bird Scientific, a global provider of oceanographic and water quality sensors, is headquartered in Bellevue, WA.  Sea-Bird Scientific manufactures a variety of pH sensors including the SeaFET™ ocean pH sensor, assembled and calibrated at its Satlantic site in Halifax, NS.   The SeaFET is also used in the soon to be available SeapHOx™, combination CTD, pH, and oxygen sensor.  Sea-Bird Electronics, also part of Sea-Bird Scientific, is currently transitioning the team’s “Deep Sea Durafet” deep ocean pH sensor into early production to provide best-in-class pH measurement to greater than 2000 meters depth.

For more information about Team Durafet, visit

For more information about the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, visit

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Geoff MacIntyre