While World Oceans Day was celebrated on June 8 all over the world, the organization I love XXL marine reserves hosted the fourth edition of this meeting on Saturday at the Center for Nautical Activities in Noumea. A dozen workshops were offered by associations.
Virtual reality helmets screwed on their heads, visitors discovered photos and videos of New Caledonian marine biodiversity, taken in our lagoon. A virtual trip, appreciated by the explorers of the day, at the local level of World Oceans Day, organized on Saturday June 11 by the structure Jlike the XXL marine reserves, at the Center for Nautical Activities on the Côte Blanche, in Nouméa.
“I’m quite amazed by these new technologies, it’s like it”comments a visitor. “We have the chance to go diving with my wife and there, we almost have the feeling of being there for real. I find that great. People will become aware that we have an ecosystem which is fabulous and that it must be preserved”he hopes.
This program is supported by the Immersion project in the heart of the lagoons of New Caledonia, winner of the government territory innovation program in 2015. Objective : take 360-degree photos and videos of the seabed, to raise public awareness, such as schoolchildren.
A six-lens camera is used, with a waterproof case, which allows total immersion, up to 90 meters deep. “We will work more by environment and sometimes with certain species. We are going to show the outer slope of the barrier reef, the coral gardens of the lagoon, the mangrove or the seagrass.”explains Bastien Braussproject leader.
We will then work with the manta ray, the gray shark, the carite loach, the dugong. As many emblematic species as we will be able to showBastien Brauss, marine biologist
The shots, taken in the North lagoon as in the South by specialists, in connection with the Australian association underwater earthalso make it possible to check the state of health of our marine ecosystems.
“There are two types of degradation. Some impacts are more global, in particularent with climate change and increasing temperatures, which may involve bleaching”comments the scientist. “And then there are local impacts, particularly related to erosion, with earth arriving in the lagoon and smothering the reefs and corals a little bit. We can act locally on this”he insists.
In total, the project leaders have so far produced nearly 50 school activities in the three provinces. The opportunity to educate more than 2,000 primary school children.
Find Aline Schaffar, project manager of the Pew Bertarelli Foundation, at the microphone of Alix Madec:
Raising public awareness of all ocean protection issues and bringing together all stakeholders”
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The seabed presented in virtual reality at the Water Activities Center – Nouvelle-Calédonie la 1ère
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