Since 9th of May 2018, Project Manaia Team was working in Plakias, Crete on several projects to make that area marine protected (MPA) with Dive2gether Team supported by angel investor.
In the end of the month, we create a video about the work with Dive2gether team.
One month survey includes Drone Mapping, Underwater Drone (ROV) Project, Invasive Species Counting System and doing dives for checking situation of seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) in the area of Plakias.
In term of creating MPA (Marine Protected Area) we try to collect information about current situation of the marine environment as much as we can in the time we spent in Plakias. We mapped the sea grass by drone, check the deep water be ROV, create a fish ID card to count the invasive species by Dive2gether team and do dives for shoot counting of seagrass in the area.
In the end of the month Project Manaia Team created a seagrass map combined with google earth and wrote a report to suggest which areas should be protected, Invasive Species Counting System for dive centers in Greece and 3 reports as outcome for this project.
For more information, you can have a look to our reports. Seagrass Survey Eco Tourism Invasive Species
As Project Manaia we started a new series called 'LOCAL MARINE NEWS'. We are doing interviews with local people and asking what has changed underwater in that area. We believe it is a good way to spread the word. From now we will share one every month from the places we are visiting.
Our first interview is from Datca, Turkey with Kerem BAYRI who is the owner and diving instructor of Ucanbalik dive centre. Luckily, we had a chance to do it in short time before leaving Datca.
He is telling us more about invasive species and over fishing. For more you can watch the video!
Our new Trailer is now online! Have a look on YouTube, and make sure to subscribe and hit that bell so you get the notifications every time we upload something! Or be first to see everything and sign up on Patreon!
This time in our upgrade we get CAUGHT IN A STORM...
But on the plus side, we gained a lot more trust and faith in our Independence feeling even more secure that she is a strong and solid boat more than capable of taking out a team of researchers for all the Objectives you might come up with!
So make sure to let us know if YOU are working on a project that could potentially need a boat to be run on a reasonable budget!
With 2 weeks down in Turkey it is almost the time to make the hop across the border for finalising our paperwork. This week we are calling out to all the researchers, NGOs, Universities, Enthusiasts who have an idea of what the very best use for our Independence could be.... stay tuned or get in touch!
If YOU have a Project in mind, that could be conducted from aboard our boat (we can accomodate 4 people extra in comfort aboard) please get in touch with us via E-Mail, a comment on the video or via our facebook page!
In order to support our cause to make Research at Sea more Available for everyone, please have a look at our Patreon page as well https://www.patreon.com/projectmanaia