3 by 3 the mesocosms have left the pontoon

Teams are launching the last mesocosms of one cluster.

Teams are launching the last mesocosms of one cluster.

After the bad weather of Monday, sun is back in Villefranche! In two days we have been able to install all the mesocosms at sea. They are now all set in front of the station (thanks to all the guys who have sea side view for the pictures!) for more than one month. This step require a good synchronicity between shore and sea teams.

Preliminary work for the diver team, was to install 11 anchors of 2m, by hand at 21m depth. Than they had to install the buoys at the surface. When 3 mesocosms are ready (shore team), from the pontoon we give them the mesocosms and they attach them together before towing on site. For the shore team, once all what we explained yesterday (preparing drums and bags) is ready we just have attach the bag to the drum. However it’s not that easy because we first have to deploy the whole bag on the pontoon.

A group of mesocosms being tow by the Vellele.

A group of mesocosms being tow by the Vellele.

One bag deployed on the pontoon

One bag deployed on the pontoon

The group is very happy of the good weather condition (except maybe Monday…) and the fact we can keep the schedule. The next two days will start an another important step: deploying and close the bags…

Perfect conditions to start the MedSeA mesocosms experiment....

Perfect conditions to start the MedSeA mesocosms experiment….