OCEANOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS

Documentary filmmaking, crew management, scuba diving in remote ocean conditions. Underwater photo / video, adventure blogging and marine science communications.

My work includes going on oceanographic expeditions.

Last April, I took part in the ‘Walters Shoal’ seamount expedition organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in partnership with the French Environment Fund. We departed from Reunion Island aboard french research vessel Marion Dufresne II and spent 26 days at sea.

The High Seas

The expedition’s objective was to identify biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) to gather data and learn more about its value and with the goal of conserving and better managing resources. The overarching aim is to provide strong science to policymakers ahead of the 4th UN Law of the Sea Preparatory Committee to work on an Implementing Agreement for the High Seas.

The R/V Marion Dufresne

Working with scientists from the Paris Natural History Museum and the Research & Development Institute of France, we conducted pelagic and benthic surveys of the seamount. Bathymetric data and samples were collected, using beam trawls and different types of nets. CTD data was also acquired and up to 6 divers were deployed on depths ranging between 25-45 meters.

My work consisted in producing and directing a 26-minute documentary with interviews with scientists, policymakers and researchers working on these issues. I was also the underwater videographer and managed all aspects of the documentary production, writing and management.

Scuba diving in remote ocean conditions, using 6l NITROX pony bailout and 15l air tanks.

I used my Sony RX100 IV with Nauticam housing and 2x Fantasea Radiant Pro video lights.

With the Paris Natural History Museum scientific dive team ready to go!

The documentary will be released during the 4th International Marine Protected Area Congress next September in Chile. More information here: http://www.impac4.org/en/homepage/

Watch the teaser here:

More photos here: