This is a European funded project that aims to design, deploy and monitor innovative 3D printed concrete reef units which test a variety of different habitat features (different sizes of holes, tunnels and overhangs) to determine their attractiveness for marine life
The task of the Dive Centre within this project is to assist with the seasonal biological surveys of the artificial reefs. Scientific dive techniques we use are: visual census of fish, macrofaunal and algae (species identification and abundance), photogrammetry, RUV and placing/removing environmental data loggers
Lusitanian toad fish (Halobatrachus didactylus)
Octopus using the holes in the artificial reef as their home
This project aims to tests efficient planting methods for the population recovery of four native kelp species along the Portuguese coastline.
For this project, the Dive Centre assists with the reforestation process.
CETUS Project is a cetacean monitoring program in the Macaronesian region that aims at collecting whale and dolphin’s occurrences to determine their distribution and abundance in this vast region of the Atlantic.
The Dive Centre has been involved in placing and removing an underwater hydrophone for recording cetacean presence in front of the Douro estuary.
This project (Esposende Marine Observatory) aims to assess the biodiversity of the North-Littoral Natural Park, in the coast of Esposende, in Portugal.
We assisted in quantifying the biodiversity of subtidal kelp forests and associated fish and macrofaunal communities.