2016: LIFE BaĦAR Expedition

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Overview

The LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project was set to establish a coherent network of marine protected areas in Malta by 2018.

As part of the project, Oceana’s conducted to at-sea expeditions in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Both expeditions used Oceana’s research vessel, the Ranger, equipped with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), a single beam sonar, a dredge and various laboratory instruments.

The project was co-financed by the EU LIFE+ Funding Programme and led by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the University of Malta and Fundación Oceana.

Based on the analysis of the results gathered by the expeditions, the project partners identified a list of proposed sites and delivered a proposal to the Maltese Government so that marine protected areas under Natura 2000 network may be designated.

Executive Summary: Benthic Habitat Research for Marine Natura 2000 Site Designation

Goal: Accomplished

Thanks to Oceana’s efforts as part of the LIFE Ba?AR for N2K project, the Maltese government announced the designation or expansion of eight marine protected areas in the Mediterranean in June of 2018. As a designation made under the Natura 2000 framework, national authorities are now responsible for drafting a management plan within six years – a key step toward ensuring the continued protection of these areas.

Diaries

July 31, 2016

The End

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July 30, 2016

The finite infinite

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July 29, 2016

Points of view

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July 28, 2016

The creation of Marine Protected Areas

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July 27, 2016

Fantastic

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July 26, 2016

Clouds

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July 25, 2016

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

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July 24, 2016

A moment of horror at open sea

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July 23, 2016

An obulos for charon

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July 22, 2016

Against the current

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July 21, 2016

See you later!

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July 20, 2016

Strange visitor

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July 19, 2016

Underwater garden full of marine litter

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July 18, 2016

Thanks for everything!

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July 17, 2016

Surprises from a dream in the Ocean

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July 16, 2016

Third day of northwesterly winds

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July 15, 2016

Second day of north-west winds

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July 14, 2016

North-west winds

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July 13, 2016

A Thousand-Meter Underwater Journey

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July 12, 2016

A feeling

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July 11, 2016

A boat is never completely at rest

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July 10, 2016

Fehc a fo yraid,

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July 9, 2016

Night-time diving

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July 8, 2016

Maerl, coralligenous seabeds and boats

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July 7, 2016

A busy day!

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July 6, 2016

The things you learn!

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July 5, 2016

The privileges from working at-sea

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July 4, 2016

A day full of sightings

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July 3, 2016

Onto our 40th campaign day

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July 2, 2016

Muscle Dysmorphia On Board

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July 1, 2016

My last day on the Ranger

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June 30, 2016

Continue to sample an anchoring spot

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June 29, 2016

Back sailing again!

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June 28, 2016

To the water…?

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June 27, 2016

Diving, no matter what! Hurrah!

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June 26, 2016

Ropes and mishaps

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June 25, 2016

Today, finally!

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June 24, 2016

Greetings from the coast

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June 23, 2016

A day of unexpected and expected visits on the Ranger

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June 22, 2016

Days at sea

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June 21, 2016

Between the underwater caves

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June 20, 2016

Sampling protocol

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June 19, 2016

A day on-deck unfolds like the sea itself

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June 18, 2016

Superstitions

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June 17, 2016

A fine Ranger

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June 16, 2016

Hi!

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June 15, 2016

Diary of a chef-cum -diver

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June 14, 2016

Hello Oceaners!

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June 13, 2016

Rough sea

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June 12, 2016

Preparing to dive

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June 11, 2016

A Saturday spent on tiny Mediterranean islands

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June 10, 2016

So far, so good

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June 9, 2016

Marine ecosystems 22 miles west off the Island of Gozo

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June 8, 2016

World Oceans Day

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June 7, 2016

Reuniting with “the 8”

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June 6, 2016

A day of diving on the Ranger

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June 5, 2016

The “easy” life of a sailor

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June 4, 2016

A day of many contrasts

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June 3, 2016

A happy day from the “great little” Mediterranean Sea

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June 2, 2016

Dolphins and turtles

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June 1, 2016

A day of diving!

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May 31, 2016

More than 70 days of sailing

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May 30, 2016

Vessel Restricted in Her Ability to Manoeuvre

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May 29, 2016

An encounter with alien species

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May 28, 2016

Escaping the wind

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May 27, 2016

A rock sponge reef

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May 26, 2016

Off to a Good Start

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The Crew

Alex Blanco

Deckhand

Aaron Saenz

Deckhand / Diver

Marta Fernández

Deckhand

Cristina Urien

Cook

Pere Valera

Skipper

Juan Marcos

Diving Team Coordinator

David Orr

ROV's Technician

CARLOS MINGUELL

Underwater photographer (Spain)

ENRIQUE RÍO

Deckhand (Spain)

RUBÉN GONZÁLEZ

Deckhand (Spain)

ENRIQUE TALLEDO

Underwater videographer (Spain)

JOSÉ MANUEL SÁEZ

ROV's Technician (Spain)

Helena Alvarez

Senior Marine Scientist

Silvia García

Senior Marine Scientist

Albert Ferrer

ROV Pilot

Ricardo Aguilar

Senior Advisor & Expedition Leader

Allison Perry

Director of Science & Strategy, Europe

Jorge Blanco

Senior GIS Analyst & Logistics Coordinator

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