81 persons from 8 nations took part in the 1st JBL workshop at the Red Sea. The workshop took place at the Marsa Shagra Ecolodge, directly on the coast at a gap in the reef. Divers and snorkellers were therefore able to cross sand to enter the water, without damaging the reef encircling the coast.
One week was devoted to research activities. Under the guidance of experts, water samples were taken and analysed and underwater light measurements carried out. Underwater feeding trials on free-ranging reef inhabitants gave useful information on the acceptance of JBL MariPerls marine food.
The aggression behaviour of fish could be observed in mirror trials. Using a special plankton net, plankton was gathered and identified under a microscope. The participants observed oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharodon longimanus)on Elfinstone Reef, after having learnt to understand about their body language in a lecture by Dr. Erich Ritter (Shark Project).