Surveying the Deep: 16 Fathoms ProjectLatest update November 12, 2018 Started on September 10, 2018
The '16 Fathoms Deep Sea Survey' is a volunteer and primarily civilian lead project surveying 16 stations along 13 nautical miles of Bermuda's south shore at a starting depth of 96 feet.
Bermudian ocean explorer Weldon Wade is the project's Mission Director, Dr. Corey Eddy is Chief Scientist and there is a growing list of local advanced divers keen to join. The website and social media components are still being built at this time.
Part of our mission includes counting and culling invasive lionfish that we encounter during our dives. Lionfish are an invasive species in the Atlantic and are causing serious damage to native species. On the weekend of November 9th through the 12th our Mission Director Weldon Wade and Chief Scientist Dr. Corey Eddy were event hosts of the annual Fall Lionfish Derby.
We are excited about the '16 Fathoms Deep Sea Survey'!
Our website and social media components are being built and we are working to crowdsource the funds needed to cover costs along with sponsorship from a few local businesses including telecoms so that the boat's position can be tracked in realtime, chat with viewers in realtime and broadcast live.
Community engagement is very important to us. While numerous surveys have been done over the years, some done in 96' and deeper but no one has set up live streaming, tracking, chat and Q & A with the crew in recent times. Our dive managers and crew are ready to go!
The six week window to launch and complete this benthic and video survey will happen March 2019 all goes well. With good weather and diver and crew availability it can take less time. We are all on OC for now and the hope is that once this first phase is complete that we can continue with additional stations at other parts of the island or other islands!
What will we find at the bottom of the ocean at 96 feet in Bermuda's deep blue? Healthy reef? Marine debris? Lionfish? We can't wait to see!
The '16 Fathoms Deep Sea Survey' is also a Project Baseline initiative.
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