On the 5th February 2021 the team from EdgeROV joined Passions of Paradise on “Passions 3” for a trip to Milln Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. This was the first time that the iBubble and Seasam Autonomous Drones were deployed on the GBR.
Passions of Paradise owners Alan Wallish and Scott Garden invested in an iBubble as part of their commitment to being part of “The Great Reef Census”. This is an initiative by the “Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef” organisation and the purpose was capture as many images and videos of as much of the reef as possible to help with research and ongoing management of the reef.
The Passions team are also heavily involved with the Coral Nurture Program which involves setting up underwater growing stations for Coral. These racks of baby corals, once grown to a juvenile size, are relocated to appropriate sections of the reef and re planted. Much the same as land plants are grown in nursery’s then transplanted into native forests.
iBubble will be used to help capture video imagery during all of these projects on an ongoing basis and therefor will be contributing in some way to the conservation of one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.