On-board Diary: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, September 28, 2009
Author: Ana de la Torriente
Date: September 28, 2009
As we had to make several crew member changes, we decided to stay in Tenerife. Fleta and Pisha were replaced by Pitu and Siscu and Carlos Suárez by Carlos Minguell.
In the afternoon, Ricardo and I met with the ASMESUB group (Underwater Environmental Association). This is an association that works to improve the situation of sea bottoms along the seacoast of the island of Tenerife. They mentioned the success that some of the actions they periodically perform yielded: the lime urchin (Diadema antillarum) eradication and crushing campaigns. We also discussed the work they do to encourage the creation of a marine reserve of fishing interest at Punta de Teno. We did 4 submersions with the ROV in this area at depths between 250 and 680 meters throughout the campaign. The area's high biodiversity clearly requires considering the creation of a reserve that also includes deeper parts.