CALL TO ACTION
Deep-sea reefs are unique ecosystems with potentially thousands of species yet to be discovered.
With shallow reefs under intense threats, scientists acknowledge that the lesser-studied deep reefs are also under pressure.
Deep reef research and follow up expeditions are essential to understand these complex ecosystems, their role in ocean health and resilience, and to develop strategies to ensure their conservation or restoration.
AT THE EDGE OF LIGHT
- Short documentary | Available soon
AT THE EDGE OF LIGHT (13’ short-documentary) covers the Pax Arctica Coral Reef Expedition of Aug/Sep2018 in Klein Curacao. Produced by Sagax Entertainment and directed by Fabiano D’Amato and James Nikitine this film covers the largely unexplored deep ocean reefs surrounding the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao which serve as biodiversity hotbeds and could hold the answers to many unanswered scientific questions.
Reef ecosystems around the world are in decline and threatened from global warming leading to mass coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and other local impacts. Marine scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Smithsonian’s National Museum for Natural History, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center lead a scientific mission using a state-of-the-art manned submersible, the Curasub, to explore the islands’ uncharted depths of up to 1000ft and collect baseline observations to inform continued research.
AT THE EDGE OF LIGHT provides a better understanding of the lesser studied deep-sea reefs and their unique ecosystems with hundreds and maybe even thousands of species yet to be discovered.
This expedition was organized by Uncharted Blue, a non-profit organization connecting adventure seekers with world-renowned scientists and marine technology to fuel exploration and conservation.
Luc Hardy has been invited by David Kline (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) to sponsor this Coral Reef expedition in Curacao in August/September 2018.
Reef ecosystems around the world are in decline and threatened from global warming leading to mass coral bleaching, ocean acidification, overfishing and other local impacts.
Luc Hardy will participate in this expedition as a Sponsoring Explorer.
David Kline, PhD, a Senior Coral Reef Ecology scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography will be the lead scientist of the expedition.
Sagax Entertainment will produce a documentary of the expedition to be released later in 2018 (temporary title: "Curacao Deep Secrets”)
The largely unexplored deep ocean reefs surrounding the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao serve as biodiversity hotbeds and could hold the answers to many unanswered scientific questions. Marine scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Smithsonian’s National Museum for Natural History, and Naturalis Biodiversity Center will lead scientific missions using a state-of-the art manned submersible, the Curasub, to explore the islands’ uncharted depths of up to 1000ft and collect baseline observations to inform continued research.
This will be the inaugural expedition in a series led by Uncharted Blue, a new organization that pairs adventure seekers with world renowned scientists and marine technology to fuel exploration of uncharted ocean destinations. The expedition will be thoroughly documented to support promotion of increased public engagement in and funding for future research in the area.
· (Dr. Kline) Study the health and diversity of the shallow and mesophotic coral reefs of Curacao to try and develop new strategies to protect and restore both the shallow and deeper coral reefs. Determine potential sites for deployment of custom underwater time machine or the FUTURE FOCE to inform creation of future predicted climate conditions on the reef and determine how the coral ecosystems will respond. Explore use of FUTURE FOCE to determine which corals will be best suited for reef restoration in a high CO2 future. Begin planning to develop a DEEP FOCE for testing and improving restoration strategies for mesophotic coral reefs.
· (Dr. Baldwin) Study diversity and eco-evolution of Caribbean reef fishes through integrative genetic and morphological investigation. Continue Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), a marine research initiative that aims to explore and monitor long-term changes in poorly studied tropical deep-reef ecosystems.
· (Dr. de Voogd) Study relationship between deep sponges and their associated microbial communities, and how this interaction contributes to reef health and discovery of nature-inspired therapeutics