MISSION

To provide a platform for collaborative human exploration and documentation of the marine world in support of the global conservation effort.

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WHAT IS PROJECT BASELINE?

Project Baseline is a call to action for the most important environmental cause of our time: to protect and sustain the world’s rapidly diminishing fresh and marine ecosystems, and the treasures contained within them. Project Baseline’s goal is to foreground the critical condition of our most valuable natural and cultural underwater resources by developing and sustaining a record that charts underwater conditions over time. Participating in Project Baseline is a way for all divers of all levels to validate their training, create and grow local communities, and preserve the underwater world.

MISSIONS

Project Baseline divers joined Nekton Mission I, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and the Canadian Government to explore and document marine life in the rarely-seen twilight zone (200 - 1000 feet deep) in the waters fringing the Bermuda seamounts as part of a global effort partially sponsored by XL-Catlin to establish an ongoing record of the health of the ocean.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2014 - SUMMARY +

2014 - Summary

  • Impact of nutrient loading in the coral reefs offshore of Hollywood to West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.
  • Delineation of mesophotic Oculina coral communities offshore Ft. Pierce, Florida, USA
  • Documentation and collection of coral reef conditions in Bimini and Cat Cay, Bahamas.
  • Freshwater sample collection in the Blue Holes of Andros Islands in Bahamas.
  • Video surveying and sample collection of the Azores Archipelago’s red coral between 30 - 100 m, Portugal.
  • Documentation and sample collection of Sagres, southern Portugal red and gold coral between 30 - 100 m, as well as assisting in cave mapping off the coast of Sagres.
  • Delineation of red coral communities and algae in France.
  • Discover and recover 2,000 year old sacrificial altar at a wreck 400 feet below near Sicily, Italy.
2016 - SUMMARY +

2016 - Summary

  • Utilized manned submersibles and teams to inspect, collect data, and visually recreate the remains of two World War II ships - Bluefields and U-576 - involved in a convoy battle off the coast of North Carolina.
  • Assessed function, health, and resilience of the deep ocean, earth’s least explored, largest, and critically important ecosystem, releasing findings as part of the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of coral reef conditions near Port Everglades, Florida, USA by collecting valuable baseline data from the Florida Reef Tract.
2018 - SUMMARY +

2018 - Summary

  • Studying great white sharks at depths of 200 m for 8 weeks in Guadalupe Island.
  • Continued study and collection of historical artifacts associated with the Battle of the Egadi Islands of 241 B.C. in Italy.
2015 - SUMMARY +

2015 - Summary

  • Efforts to cease the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater effluent into the nearshore waters off the coast of Florida.
  • Document freshwater resources contained by caves in the Bahamas.
  • Establish and strengthen marine protected areas designated for mesophotic Oculina coral reefs in Florida.
  • Establish marine protected areas designated for black corals in the Azores.
  • Establish marine protected areas designated for red corals in the Algarve Portugal.
  • Ongoing mission focused on documenting and establishing protections for shallow and mesophotic coral reefs offshore of Florida, the Bahamas, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Northern Caribbean Sea.
2017 - SUMMARY +

2017 - Summary

  • Collect photographic and video surveys of coral reef and deeper ecosystems in water depths between 5 - 1,000 m in the Great Astrolabe Reef in Fiji.
  • Studied and collected historical artifacts associated with the Battle of the Egadi Islands of 241 B.C. in Italy.
2019 - PROJECTED SUMMARY +

2019 - Projected Summary

  • Projected mission to remove more than 700,000 tires left behind from the Osborne Tire Reef dumped in the ocean off the coast of Fort Lauderdale during the 70s.
  • Projected mission to create public awareness of the Hollywood and Miami Sewage Outfall, which continues to dump wastewater into the ocean, compromising delicate ecosystems in the area.
  • Projected Nekton Mission II