Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: September 22, 2012
Our strategy for studying Seco de los Olivos this time around was to cover areas that we had had conducted for which we had little to no date, and to revisit particularly interesting areas to bulk up the data we had already accumulated.
Author: Silvia Garcia, marine scientist Date: September 21, 2012
We hadn’t planned on working in Seco de los Olivos until October 1, but the storm forced us to turn from our original destination, Portugal, and head for Almerimar 10 days early. Today we conducted the first batch of ROV immersions as part of our contribution to the LIFE + INDEMARES project.
Author: Mario Conde, Captain Date: September 19, 2012
We left three days ago for Burriana Vilamoura (Portugal), to wait for the rest of the team and the ROV before heading to the Gorringe bank. We had planned to begin research that we have been planning since early 2012 as part of this campaign, but the weather decided to turn on us and a storm was on its way which would prevent us from dropping the ROV into the water.
Author: Jesús Molino, First Mate Date: September 12, 2012
We are in Castellón, in the port of Burriana, finishing the final preparations to set sail on Sunday to Faro (Portugal). We have about four days of sailing - some 600 miles - to our destination, where we will begin this year’s Oceana Ranger campaign.
The Oceana Ranger has now left the dry dock where it has spent the last few months. The research catamaran departed for Burriana (Castellón), from the shipyard in Valencia, with a skeleton crew to load up with supplies and take care of the finishing touches. Next week, scientists, divers and the underwater robot (ROV) operators will hop on board to officially launch the 2012 expedition.