The Macaronesia Tenerife Submersible and Diver Expedition is a 21-day expedition assembling a world-class coalition of expertise co-delivered in partnership with the Jesús Ortea Research Group, Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife (MUNA), Universidad de La Laguna (ECOMAR), and Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). Macaronesia is a biogeographical region of eastern-central Atlantic, straddling the equator from the Azores to the Canary Islands at the heart.
The Canary Islands is an active volcanic archipelago in the Macaronesia ecoregion in the Atlantic Ocean. Their location provides the archipelago with peculiar geomorphological, oceanographic, and climatological characteristics that make it a rich location exploding with marine life. The Tenerife coast reaches depths of up to 2,000 metres close to shore, offering a unique opportunity for discovering ocean life.
The Pisces VI class submersible will be deployed in the Radazul area down to 300 metres, while the Finnish Scientific Dive Academy will navigate shallower waters around Tenerife’s volcanic coastline.
This intense 21-day mission will be augmented by a species discovery workshop featuring leading experts from the Ocean Census Science Network, including esteemed taxonomists from the Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN-CSIC), Centro Nacional de Biotecnologia (CNB-CSIC), University of Barcelona and Museo del Mar de Ceuta.