Biodiversity in the Baltic Sea

In the spring of 2011, a research crew from Oceana spent two months in the brackish Baltic Sea. The Baltic faces challenges from pollution, algae blooms, over fishing, and invasive species. Oceana researchers gathered data, samples, photographs, and videos with the goal of proposing an expanded set of marine protected areas.

Using divers and an underwater robot, the crew documented the biodiversity in the waters off every country bordering the Baltic. The team covered more than 7,000 nautical miles and completed more than 130 dives. Oceana is planning a follow-up expedition in the spring of 2012. Watch videos and learn more about the expedition on Oceana's website.

In the spring of 2011, Oceana launched a research expedition in the Baltic Sea. The two-month journey took place aboard the Hanse Explorer, a 48-meter ice class vessel built for long exploration voyages and diving operations.

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i like marine organisms so all started at the age of 12 but i have never dived or encounterd marine biology,is it ok for me to get my first experience in open seas or is it going to be hard for me to become a marine biologits,ecspecially in south africa