Author: Hanna Paulomaki: Marine Scientist, Baltic Project Manager Date: May 5, 2012
Klints bank is beautiful shallow area right in the middle of the Baltic Sea, next to the Gotland deep. It is one of the very few shallower spots in offshore waters and therefore provides an important area with valuable resources for plenty of creatures, including fish.
Author: Ricardo Aguilar - Research Director Date: May 4, 2012
Today, we have been researching in and around Södra Midsjöbanken, an underwater hill or bank in the Swedish South part of the Baltic Proper. In the shallowest area the well-known rocks with mussels (Mytilus trossulus) covered by hyrdoids and bryozoans.
Author: Hanna Paulomaki: Marine Scientist, Baltic Project Manager Date: May 3, 2012
I’m happy to be back on the Hanse Explorer and ready to head to the Baltic Proper and northern parts of the Baltic Sea. Our first stop on the way north was Kriegers flak, an offshore bank that is shared between Denmark, Sweden and Germany. This is an area of interest for offshore wind farm.
Author: Carlos Minguell - Photographer and diver Date: May 1, 2012
Today another sunny day dawned on a calm sea, as has been the case all these late April days. This is always good news, particularly for those who must spend many hours outdoors on board, although it is also good news for me: the sun fills the pictures with brightness and colours that don’t appear in the usual cloudy “Baltic grey” days.
Author: Jesús Molino - Diver and Deck coordinator Date: April 30, 2012
We started the day with a ROV at not much depth. Our initial idea was to send the ROV to check whether the area might be worth it, as the ROV can remain at the bottom for as long as necessary. The area was worth it, and how! After a few hours’ filming, we put on our diving suits and jumped off the Hanse Explorer into these cold waters.
Author: Xavier Pastor - Baltic Sea Expedition leader Date: April 29, 2012
Last night our ROV was confronted with what is the worst enemy of the underwater robots: the lost fishing nets. While carrying a night operation, we detected an abandoned trawling net that was stuck on the sea bottom. While trying to avoid it, the ROV was caught in several of the ropes around the fishing gear. We started then a careful process of disentanglement maneuvering the robot propellers. But with no result. As the minutes were passing, the robot was hopelessly being paralyzed as in a spider web.
Author: Claus Koch, Dive Coordinator Date: April 28, 2012
After leaving Helsingborg yesterday we spend most of the night making way to Djüpa Rännan West, about 5 miles out side the Göteborg Archipelago. With a depth of just over a hundred meters, it is one of the deepest places in Kattegat.
Author: Andrzej Bialas - Baltic Sea Project Policy Advisor Date: April 27, 2012
After exploring the Ven Island area yesterday we have arrived and docked in Helsingborg, Sweden today. Helsingborg is a city located between Sweden and Denmark in a narrow passage between the two countries’ shorelines called “The Sound”. The city which is often referred to as the Pearl of the Sound is home to some 130 000 people. Oceana’s presence here on this day is no coincidence. We have been invited to take part in a special event – 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Dunker culture center. The house, beautifully located in city’s port area, was designed by the world famous Danish architect Kim Utzon.