Below are the new teams this year, that have given data – Welcome! Here are a few more team stats for October 2019
5 – newly active teams in 2019 (no data submitted yet)
26 – active teams who have submitted data in 2019
29 – active teams who have not submitted data in 2019
51 – inactive teams (no data submitted in previous 2 years)
4 – inactive teams unsure if they can keep their project active
Sharm el Sheikh which is a city on the Red Sea Coast. The environment here is the typical Red Sea one, corals and a lot of underwater life. Our project is to start monitoring the area in front of the diving centre where we work and then try to involve other diving centers to monitor other locations. Here we have also two national parks that are protected and would be great to have a few sites there as well. In this area we have hundreds of diving centers and thousands of divers in the water every day and the sensitization of people is never enough. We decided to start this project to see how the corals change. Our plan is to monitor a few stations here in Tiger Bay and then see if we can involve other people, extend the project to other diving centers and other people.
The Eureka floundering in 1883 and was not viewed again until its discovery in the late 2000’s. Since being found, the wreck had only seen limited diver activity leaving it in near pristine condition, but in late 2018 mooring block was installed to better open the site to sport diving. Our project aims to measure and document diver impact at the site over the next 10 years.
The goal of our dive team is a long and short term documentation of the underwater environment. Our plan is to measure temperature, visibility and the pH Value. We are also planning to document the effects of diving and water sports according to the lake and its evolvement. Currently the main goal is to counteract an invasive species called the marbled crawfish. This species can cause massive damage to this young Eco system. We are documenting its behavior in the lake and lots of other data related to this species.
This project area is Sydney’s most heavily dived site. It sees heavy fishing and tourism. It is located next to Australia’s busiest airport (Mascot) and Australia’s second busiest seaport (Port of Botany). It is located around Bare Island within Botany Bay and could provide insight into the local waterways.
Rheinauer See is a lake between the two cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg in the southwest of Germany. It is shared by water skiers, swimmers, fishermen and divers. Most of the area is surrounded by trees, reed and other vegetation. The area is accessible for pedestrians, visitors, divers and swimmers. The lake faced many issues before 1999 until the number of divers was regulated. This was a bad development for the lake and now diving is restricted to the summer months (April till 15th of December) and 10 divers per hour during daytime only. Since then the water quality got better. We are interested in the current state of the lake and want to monitor whether and how it will change in the future. Underwater the lake has a few plants and the growth is dependent on the season of the year. Weather and temperatures are influencing visibility. By measuring data underwater in a reproducible way, we want to get a better overview of how the lake changes between the seasons and over years. We hope to see patterns by documenting and analyzing the dive site. The lake has a good stock of fish and a maximum depth of 25 meters. The lake is very close to the home of many of us. It is close to two larger cities and therefore we are diving there on a regular basis. Many other lakes are in the area, most of them being former gravel mining places like the Rheinauer See. But none of them is so close and convenient to go to. This is our diving backyard.
Lake Ouachita is described as one of the cleanest lakes in the US, however in the short time I’ve been diving there conditions at the lake vary widely from I’ve heard from other divers who have dove there in the ]past. Lake Ouachita is a major recreational lake used by lots of fishermen, recreational water sports, as well as divers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, North Louisiana and Northeast Texas. I’ve heard anecdotally that there used to be quite a bit of hydrilla which was removed some years ago. I suspect that whatever means of removing it may have in some way contributed to the decline in water quality. Short term goals are to track water quality at one site over a period of time, then adding more sites to track how quality varies across different portions of the lake. This information could be used by the Army Corps of Engineers which runs the hydroelectric plant there as well as the Park dept in order to help drive more informed decisions regarding lake use and maintenance.
There are different wrecks in the area, which will be documented. Additionally, the varying distribution of sea fans, the number and distribution of invasive species and their impact on the local fauna and flora, and the presence of microplastic will be explored.