We operate manned submersibles since the year 2000. Our principal activity consists in the systematic exploration and habitat characterization of the unknown depths of the Azores Archipelago, between 300 and 1000 metres of depth.
Each year, another island is chosen. First, multibeam sonar surveys are carried out in pre-defined areas, to detect potentially interesting spots. Then, transects are defined to carry out georeferenced video surveys with the LULA1000 submersible, with the aim to document habitats of the area in question. The results of those survey transects will be published in a "Deep-Sea Guide" comprising photographs, video and audio.
To understand deep-sea and to improve our knowledge on deep-water environments, we must go there and collect images and other data on abundant organisms, on their behaviour and habitats. Each dive brings new knowledge and images of species that have been rarely or never before documented in their habitat. Besides the production of high quality video images of benthic and pelagic organisms, we are particularly interested in the documentation of deep-water squid species.
During the dives, we collect additional data: CTD (conductivity, depth, temperature), pH, oxygen, turbidity, tracking data, samples of organisms.