2015 Expedition Overview

As of July 2015, the Baseline Explorer team has conducted a total of ten missions with five scientific institutions in five countries focused on exploring, documenting, and establishing baselines for threatened put poorly documented shallow and meso-photic coral communities. Our work has supported efforts to cease the discharge of inadequately treated wastewater effluent into the nearshore waters off the coast of Florida; document freshwater resources contained by caves in the Bahamas; establish and strengthen marine protected areas designated for meso-photic Oculina coral reefs in Florida; establish marine protected areas designated for black corals in the Azores; and establish marine protected areas designated for red corals in the Algarve Portugal.Baseline Explorer 2015 Image Credit: Pilar Barrer

Its ongoing mission will focus on documenting and establishing protections for shallow and meso-photic coral reefs offshore of Florida, the Bahamas, in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Northern Caribbean Sea. 

2015 Expedition Press Coverage

Project Baseline has been at the forefront of increasing awareness of Florida reef decline as well as monitoring the health index for nearly 70 marine and freshwater environments world-wide since 2009. Watch as Project Baseline takes CNN underwater for special media coverage on Florida reefs - http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/06/26/florida-dying-reefs-sanchez-nd.cnn