After dramatic challenges the Team of the East African Marine Transect (www.marinetransect.org) have found a new boat and back on track heading up the Coast of Mozambique. For those of you who do not know about this incredible expedition – read on and follow them till the end.
On the East Coast of Africa lies some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Spanning many hundreds of kilometers they are home to an incredible array of fish communities and support millions of people living and surviving off the coastline.
For four months a six person team made up of scientists, photographers and social entrepreneurs will sail in the vessel, Lo Entorpy, a 70’ft monohull beauty which will be their office and home and for the duration of the expedition, known as the East African Marine Transect.
Their aim? To use a technology called stereo-imaging to dive and film transects spanning from Mozambique to Kenya to provide the first baseline assessment of the fish fauna spanning the length of the East African ecosystem. They will also be testing an OpenROV a “Do It Yourself” low-cost telerobotic submarine that has been built with mostly off-the-shelf parts, to democratize exploration by allowing anyone to explore and study underwater environments simply and cheaply.
This is across border, multifaceted research expedition, linking science, cutting edge technology and social media to create awareness and provide meaningful, useful and accessible data to inspire solutions, strategies and positive and constructive outcomes for East African coral reef fishes.
The team of EAMT is planning to create a paradigm shift in the way we build or begin to build our conservation networks on coral reefs.This is not an arm waving exercise. It’s not a documentary on what is wrong with the East African coral reef ecosystem. It’s an expedition to provide essential baseline data and solutions for management and conservation.
Join Mike, Rhett, Caine, Tan, Linda ,Justin and the crew of Lo Entropy as they explore the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and cultures in order to shift in the way we build or begin to build our conservation networks on coral reefs.
Thanks to www.lifeinbalance.co.za for this article.
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