Member of OCEANUS research group
September 2012 : Honored to announce that I have teamed up with the OCEANUS research group and proudly can consider myself as one of their members now. I am grateful for the honor to support OCEANUS and transport their vision through my photography and am looking forward to next coming common projects :-)
Oceanus is a non-profit organisation that mainly focuses on promoting and developing research projects aiming at the preservation of aquatic ecosystems and environments, as well as the protection of the aquatic species under increasing threat. Oceanus also looks at the different interactions between humans and animals, and has a wide range of international cooperation projects.
The OCEANUS research team about themselves :
Oceanus is a non-profit organization (onlus is the Italian acronym meaning non-profit-making), whose activity is mainly focused on promoting and developing several research projects aiming at the preservation of the aquatic ecosystems and environments, as well as the protection of the aquatic species under increasing threat, and the necessary interaction with human activities. Among our research projects is to monitor and investigate on acoustic and visual data, together with genetic data of the cetaceans encountered during the navigation.
Cetaceans are marine mammals extremely sensitive to any modification in their living environment; moreover they occupy the top rank in the food chain. Thus they constitute per se one of the most reliable biological gauge for the health status of the sea and deserve primary attention for any evaluation of the marine environment.
With the expeditions aboard our catamarans we want to better understand not only the spreading of marine mammals, but also their genetic relationships and migration patterns.
The final results of our research will provide a wide scientific background that in the long term will be used to create and develop new protocols for the preservation and protection of marine mammals.
Serving the Planet!
The Oceanus research group is always keen to promote any initiative or idea aiming to focus people’s attention on socio-economical and ecological topics, wishing to improve the dialogue between different civilizations and cultures. Worth mentioning is our last action during the monitoring mission around Cabo Verde’s Islands in from December 2004 to January 2005; following some requests from local charities, Thety’s crew delivered one ton of didactic material (books, drawing and writing tools) to the children living in the farest and smallest islands.
More recently we focused our activities to Naples, with the project “AnOther Naples”, aimed at documenting with photographs and video the amazing biodiversity of the underwater environment in the Gulf of Naples, together with the well known archaeological treasures.
In 2009 and 2010 Oceanus chose Naples to celebrate the International Cleanup Day of seashores and underwater, remarking with this action and others the need to preserve the environment of Campania.