We have been lucky enough to be paid a visit by the guys from Underwater Earth who are on a mission to reveal our oceans. They reckon that our oceans and their inhabitants are ‘out of sight, out of mind’ and this has been one of the contributory facts to the damage caused to our seas by acidification, destructive fishing, over fishing, shark finning and all the other horrors perpetrated over the past few decades. We protect just 1% of our oceans compared with 14% of our land.
Their major project, the Catlin Seaview Survey, was announced at the Economist’s World Oceans Summit in February 2012 & is now well underway. They’ve completed their survey of the Great Barrier Reef which you can browse on underwaterearth.org and they are currently working on a survey of the Caribbean.Richard Vevers, CEO of Underwater Earth says “our oceans can’t afford to be out of sight any more. For the first time in history, we have the technology and means to reveal our oceans. And that’s exactly what we are going to do.”
Richard and his crew joined us aboard the Hang Tuah recently (with about 500kg of hitch kit) and spent a week surveying the reefs, bays and islands of the Penemu No Take Zone. As you can see from some of the photos we all enjoyed their time with us. The take away was that they were overwhelmed by the biodiversity of the reefs of Penemu and they hope to be back for a full survey early next year.