Our research-support project is a collaboration with the Thousand Islands Biological Station, part of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Each dive season, with the help of local dive charters, divers gather data on eight species of fish. At the end of the season, the charter operators send the data to NEUE. We compile it into a spreadsheet and send it on to TIBS. This data helps TIBS locate certain populations and gives them clues about the general health of the environment.
The Northeast Underwater Explorers embarked on their first project to create a baseline of measurements and observations of the shipwreck, A. E. Vickery. The information will be documented and posted for future reference for the purpose of evaluating the deterioration over time and making decisions about its conservation. The A. E. Vickery was a three masted schooner built and launched in 1861 as the “J.B.Penfield”. She was renamed in 1884 as the A. E. Vickery. She was sailing from Chicago to Prescott carrying a cargo of 21,000 bushels of corn. On August 15, 1889 in the St. Lawrence River she had to make a tack to clear the lighthouse on Rock Island but missed stays in coming about and struck a shoal. She hung on to the rocks for 4 hours before slipping beneath the waters. No one on board was injured.
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), Thousand Islands Biological Station (TIBS). TIBS is part of ESF. The TIBS research program focuses on the aquatic ecology of the river including fisheries, wetlands, and limnology. The St. Lawrence River is home to around 85 species of fish. Our team will be collecting data for TIBS which will not require any special equipment or trips to specific locations. Divers will simply record observations of any of eight species of fish that they see while diving. The data sheet developed by TIBS will be printed on Wet Notes paper and distributed to divers. Divers will also be given a fish ID guide also developed by TIBS.