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Author: Carlos Minguell
Date: June 17, 2013
The only water we tried today was the shower´s. Neither ROV or diving, we “opened” this Monday traveling from Denmark to Sweden across the beautiful Oresundsbron´s bridge. Our destination was three fishing ports: Glommen, Traslovslage and Bua, and our goal, the fishing vessels based in there. So Gorka and I spent a few hours documenting everything that was floating and seemed to be used for commercial fishing. Besides the boats, we focused on the fishing gears they were equipped with, especially when there was something we did not know (we trust our fisheries experts to find it out).Read More...
Author: Christina Abel
Date: June 16, 2013
Today we set off for the third day, we were in Little Belt and headed towards Sjælland to do some underwater studies in the Great Belt. On the way, our small caravan stopped in a couple of smaller fishing harbours, where photographer Carlos Minguell and videographer Gorka Leclercq documented fishing vessels.Read More...
Author: Jesús Molino
Date: June 15, 2013
After traveling to the diving spot and having a quick breakfast, we launched the zodiac into the water to start the day´s work. A bit later some tv reporters from the Danish tv2 came to make some shots and interview Christina and Xavier. With everything packed and ready in the zodiac, we headed to the dive spot located about 5 miles from the port. The ROV was launched into the water and the wind was blowing as the weather forecast predicted, raising from 12-25 knots in very short time.Read More...
Author: Gorka Leclercq
Date: June 14, 2013
Today our plans were launching the ROV at first time in the morning, but due to the weather conditions, we decided to cancel the operation, and instead made two immersions with the divers.
The first dive was in a mug seabed spot, were we could film and photograph many crabs, sea stars, jelly fish and some algae, but the visibility was very poor and we had to be extremely careful to avoid touching the seabed as this would reduce even more the visibility we had.Read More...
Author: Maribel López
Date: June 13, 2013
After our barbeque last evening in the camp-site, Christina and Claus went to the harbour to check-up on the fishing boats activity during the day because we could not see them at sea.
Some people told us that this particular fishing boats are out during the night and come back early in the morning to unload. And at 10:00 the fish auction takes place.
Next day the first thing we did was going back there. We took some pictures and tried to talk to the people that was there in order to know how the stocks are doing this year. We saw Norwegian lobsters and flatfish.Read More...
Author: Maribel López
Date: June 12, 2013
6:15 am. The crew of the Baltic Coastal Expedition starts a new busy day. Our first meeting today is with a national company who also studies the seafloor through underwater recordings. They study marine ecosystems in the Danish Coast of Kattegat and contacted Oceana to cooperate with them and take part in their research.Read More...
Author: Christina Abel
Date: June 11, 2013
Today we spent another day in the northern part of the Sound. We were quite lucky! The weather was sunny and there was little wind, which made it perfect for at-sea operations. We launched the zodiac in the small harbour of Höganäs, and headed south. The plan was to study spots at the northern area of Grollegrund. Grollegrund is one of the newest marine protected areas in Sweden, it became protected because of small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) findings among others.Read More...
Author: Magnus Eckeskog
Date: June 10, 2013
Today we made some dives, underwater photography and filming in the Sound. We launched the zodiac in the beautiful village of Ålabodarna. We were greeted by a super friendly harbor captain, making the launch of the zodiac very smooth. In the morning we made some diving near the mainland in the shallow waters and in the afternoon we took the zodiac over to the island of Ven, about 4 nautical miles offshore. During the diving session we saw some beautiful sea grass meadows and spotted some big cods as well as flatfish. We made two underwater filmings with the RoV off the southern tip of Ven.Read More...
Author: Xavier Pastor
Date: June 9, 2013
Today is the first real day of the 2013 Oceana Baltic coastal expedition. After driving from Madrid to Sweden with our caravan, the pickup truck, the trailer with the RIB and the van, we spent yesterday, the World Oceans Day, in Malmö. We participated in the launch of the Race for the Baltic, with a number of other organizations that are concerned with the fate of this sea. Our divers teamed with many others in the “scrap hunt” of the bottom of the harbor, and we tested our new mini-ROV by documenting that garbage retrieval operation as it happened.Read More...
Author: Hanna Paulomäki
Date: June 8, 2013
After months of preparations it feels great that the day is finally here: launching of our first coastal expedition exploring the near-coast ecosystems of the Baltic Sea and Kattegat and documenting coastal activities, like fisheries. Our team across Europe has worked hard on this to make it happen and I was so happy to see and greet the team of divers and experts lead by Xavier Pastor, Director of Oceana in Europe, late Thursday night in Malmö, Sweden when they arrived after thousands of kilometers of drive from Madrid.Read More...