Starting from the 11th till the 25th of October, the National Environment Agency of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia has implemented an important 2-week 2nd Pilot Demonstration Tests, Training and Marine Surveys using Innovative Monitoring Equipment in the Batumi-Gonio Bay.
NEA, with the financial support of the European Union within the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme 2014-2020, has purchased a portable water-based CTD buoy platform that is an independent system, first located in the Black Sea of Georgia and designed to monitor water quality. The device will measure three main marine parameters: water el. Conductivity, temperature and depth, online via GPRS communication, and continuously share data to the Project Partners. Demonstrations and trainings also included Biological and Chemical Sampling Surveys with Multi-sensor water-quality probe, BioSonics Echosounder Hydroacoustic data collection for fish assessment, Sealion2 Survey, trawling and sample collection, the ICT modelling/forecasting and GIS tools.
Despite the challenges due to the COVID-19, experts from TIMMOD project partners, AUTh and DDNI, successfully arrived in Georgia and alongside with the NEA top management and Deputy Minister of Environment and Agriculture, participated in the survey. Facing several challenges like bad weather conditions and exploration of unknown devices the team successfully completed all tasks included in the survey programme.
It is noteworthy that, within the framework of the same project, Georgian specialists were able to participate in various international practical training or seminars, which helps to strengthen their capabilities, "- said the Deputy Minister of Environment and Agriculture, Nino Tandilashvili.
The Marine Surveys were organized and hosted by Project Partner 4, the National Environment Agency, who provided the research vessel and the set of advanced monitoring sensors and instruments in Batumi, Georgia.
The main objectives of the demonstration survey were achieved, providing an excellent basis for further implementation of the TIMMOD work plan.