2014 Expedition Overview

This Project Baseline expedition is designed, where applicable, to support the efforts of hundreds of Project Baseline volunteers around the world who work tirelessly to support their local environment. The expedition began in the Bahamas in February of 2014 before traversing through the Atlantic and Mediterrainean. The group includes an international team of experts in biology, archeology, submersibles and deep technical Scuba diving, exploring and documenting at depths between the often difficult to reach depths between 100 and 1,000 feet.
 
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United States/Florida

The Bahamas/North Bimini and Andros Islands

  • Documented Coral reef conditions Bimini and Cat Cay, February 2014
  • Teamed with Bahama Caves Research Foundation to document and collect samples in freshwater resources Blue Holes of Andros Island Bahamas, March 2014

Portugal/Azores Archipelago

  • Teamed with the University of the Azores and the University of the Algarve to document and collect samples of Red Coral Red Coral Sample Portugal 2014 - GUE between 30-100m at the following locations: Princess Alice Bank, the Pico-Faial Channel, Calheta do Nesquim, D. Joao de Castro Bank and the Formigas Bank.
  • The team conducted several video surveys and collected important samples from some of the most charismatic marine areas of the Azores.
  • Dozens of species, including some invasives as well as geologic formations were recorded on video. Nearly 200 specimens we collected which will be used for validaiton of video surveys and habitat predictive models.
  • Delineation of Black Coral communities in the Azores Portugal, June 2014, University of the Azores.

Portugal/Sagres

  • Teamed with the University of the Algarve to document and collect samples of Red and Gold Coral between 30-100m off the coast of southern Portugal near the town of Sagres. Assisted Project Baseline: Sagres volunteer divers with mapping the extent of thier local cave just off the coast of Sagres.
  • Delineation of Red Coral communities in the Algarve, southern Portugal, July 2014, University of the Algarve.

  • Delineation and documentation of ecosystems in sea caves along southern Portugal, July 2014, Marine Caves Life Project.

France/Monaco

  • Delineation of Red Coral communities and algae in the Calanques, France, July 2014, no collaboration.

Italy 

  • Worked in collaboration with the Sicilian government and under the direction of Professor Tusa, to discover and recover a 2,000 year old sacrificial altar while exploring an ancient wreck in 400 feet of water. GUE technical divers (in support of Project Baseline) working in tandem with submersibles from Brownie’s Global Logistics were able to identify and recover 16 unique artifacts that archaeologists from the Sicilian government (Superintendent of the Sea) requested for study and preservation. The recovery is likely the deepest ever archaeology accomplished by volunteer technical divers.

 

 

Project Baseline has been at the forefront of increasing awareness of Florida reef decline as well as monitoring the health index for nearly 70 marine and freshwater environments world-wide since 2009. Watch as Project Baseline takes CNN underwater for special media coverage on Florida reefs - http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/26/florida-dying-reefs-sanchez-nd.cnn