NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research August 22 - Sept. 5th, 2016
The 2016 Battle of the Atlantic Expedition is scheduled to take place from August 22 to September 6, and builds on previous work by NOAA and its partners to document nationally significant shipwrecks in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. NOAA is currently considering an expansion of Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s boundaries to protect the Bluefields and U-576 as well as other historic shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast.
Project Baseline, a global conservation nonprofit, and its corporate sponsor GlobalSubDive are supplying a research vessel and two manned submersibles to visit the remains of two World War II ships that were involved in a convoy battle off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of the Atlantic campaign. The ships, Bluefields and U-576, lie more than 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina outside Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
- Washington Post
- Charlotte Observer
- Coastal Review.org
- US Department of Commerce
Nekton July 14th - August 16th 2016 Bermuda
Project Baseline, a global conservation effort that invites divers and water lovers alike to systematically document marine and freshwater environments, is delivering valuable exploration assets to a multi-disciplinary alliance of the world’s leading ocean scientists, media organizations, business leaders, philanthropists, educators, and civil leaders under a newly formed research organization, Nekton.
Nekton’s first research program, launching on July 14, 2016 is creating a new standardized methodology for marine biologists to measure physical, chemical, and biological indicators to assess the function, health, and resilience of the deep ocean, earth’s least-explored, largest, and critically important ecosystem. The scientific findings will be released as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey. The mission will focus on a long, depth transect down the Bermuda Rise and aims to be the longest marine transect in history.
A sampling of media coverage for this event:
Miami Waterkeeper and Project Baseline are teaming to host a two-day event, March 21-22, 2016 to increase understanding and awareness of coral reef conditions near Port Everglades. During the event, scuba and submersible divers will collect valuable baseline data from sections of the Florida Reef Tract just south of the Port Everglades shipping channel. Event highlights include special guest appearance on March 21st by renowned explorer and environmental advocate, Philippe Cousteau and an evening social aboard Baseline Explorer to close out the event, docked at Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, which is open to the public with food and wine sponsored in part by Whole Foods Market on March 22nd.
Related media for this event:
- Sun Sentinel - sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-coral-reef-dive-20160321-story.html
- Daily Mail UK - dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3504997/Cousteau-warns-reef-damage-Florida-port-project.html
- Broward/Palm Beach New Times - http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/dredging-killed-miamis-coral-reefs-and-the-same-could-happen-in-broward-7695706
- Project Baseline: Gulfstream - projectbaseline.org/gulfstream/the-perfect-exhibit-of-what-project-baseline-is-all-about/
- Global Sub Dive Blog: globalsubdive.com/personal-responsibility
- The Guardian - theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/florida-coral-reef-new-port-philippe-cousteau-fort-lauderdale
- SportDiver.com - sportdiver.com/south-florida-coral-conservation-submersibles-cousteau?GeFmQlYE0DlhYcO6.01
April 7, 2016 UPDATE: read an event follow up in Miami Waterkeeper's newsletter right here - http://eepurl.com/bV8qer
Click Here for the May 2016 Port Miami and Port Everglades Dredging Update in the New York Times