Title:
Provision of services for the design, selection and creation of eco-diving routes in Limassol

Duration:
2 months (November-December 2023)

Funded by:
Development Agency of Limassol (ANELEM)

Project Description:

Marine and Environmental Research Lab was contracted to develop and evaluate the environmental conditions of new diving routes in Limassol district. This project integrates innovation and environmental stewardship to enhance the realm of diving tourism, transforming how divers engage with and safeguard underwater ecosystems. The project centers around five crucial components:

  1. Dive route innovation: This initiative leads the way in designing, mapping and outlining novel diving routes. The process of underwater mapping entails the methodical measurement and description of submerged topography, characteristic of underwater environments and bathymetric data. We have selected and designed three new eco-routes in Amathounta, Lady Thetis shipwreck, and Costantis shipwreck.
  2. Biodiversity assessment: The project places a significant focus on assessing the diversity of marine species within the mapped regions. The assessment of biodiversity involved utilizing photography and species identification techniques for the chosen ecosystems. Throughout dives, specialized cameras and equipment were employed to capture high-quality images of encountered species and their habitats. Rigorous efforts were made to photograph subjects from diverse angles and under various lighting conditions, ensuring thorough documentation and precise identification.
  3. Underwater videography and photography: The project was equipped with state-of-the-art underwater videography and photography. Specialized equipment and techniques were employed for the precise capture and documentation of the underwater environment and marine life.
  4. 360 Content: The project goes beyond traditional media by offering immersive 360-degree videos and photos. Specialized cameras equipped with multiple lenses were used in capturing a panoramic view of the environment, providing a comprehensive visual record.
  5. Points of interest: MER team has identified significant underwater spots of high interest. Underwater spots were chosen regarding their conservation value, unique structure and/or other important features.