DEEP MADEIRA – in situ documentation of the presence and distribution of marine litter and its impact on mesophotic and deep-water habitats (depths between 50 and 1000 metres), and production of a documentary

The DEEP MADEIRA project took place between September 2019 and March 2020. During the project, dives with the manned research submersible LULA1000 were carried out for in situ documentation of the presence and distribution of marine litter and its impact on mesophotic and deep habitats. Also, scientific samples were taken.

The project has been promoted by the Regional Secretariat for Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change of Madeira. It aims to identify habitats of ecological interest and the anthropogenic impacts on these habitats, in some sea areas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The work took place in four study areas, namely in the Bay of Funchal, in Ribeira Brava, in Machico/Caniçal and on the Ridge between Ponta de São Lourenço and the Desertas Isles.

Experimental panels were placed at various depths. Those will serve for a pilot study on larval recruitment of sessile organisms, such as corals.

A documentary about the project was produced.