SAIAB News » Beyond the SCUBA range

In 2008, the African Coelacanth Environmental Programme (ACEP) hosted by the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity(SAIAB) through a grant from the Department of Science and Technology, purchased a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to explore depth zones beyond the SCUBA range.

To get familiar with the new equipment, the ROV was deployed during a voyage of the research vessel Ellen Khuzwayo to the Agulhas Bank.

As our cut-off depth for this first ROV trip was 40 metres (within SCUBA recovery range), we couldn’t explore the deeper slopes of the pinnacle. A follow-up trip to the Alphard Banks, this time without depth limit, is planned during the next linefish directed cruise of the Ellen Khuzwayo scheduled for November 2010. Read more...