Follow GUE’s research vessel as it makes it’s way to the Azores. globalsubdive.com/expeditions Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) and their expedition ship, the Pacific Provider will be teaming with marine biologists Joana Boavida and Diogo Paulo from the Center for Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve and João Rodrigues and Tiago Dores from the Center of Marine and Environment Research to conduct a series of deep marine investigations in Portugal, in June and July of 2014. The investigations will be conducted by technically trained scuba divers operating at depths between 30 and 120 meters and by acrylic submarines operating below them to 300 meters below the sea surface. Their objectives will be to map and document never before observed deep reef structures and the life forms within them. Cave dives are also planned. These investigations are part of GUE’s broader global conservation effort – Project Baseline – to help establish environmental baseline conditions in the world’s underwater environments.
At the outset of 2014, GUE teamed with Brownies Global Logistics to carry Project Baseline to new depths through the integration of divers and submersibles aboard the 165’ Pacific Provider. This new relationship facilitates access to reefs and marine structures within the poorly documented range between 30 and 300 meters. During 2014, the team will be exploring and mapping deep reefs and lost ship wrecks in Florida, the Bahamas, the Azores, Portugal, Sardinia, and Palermo. Through collaborations with organizations like the Center for Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve their goal is to bring back images, maps, and data that will promote a better understanding of the marine world and more effective efforts to conserve it.
This mission has the support of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF), the dive centres Subnauta and Ecoalga, the association SCIAENA and of Project Deep Reefs (CCMAR). In the Azores the team has the collaboration of IMAR.