seatec - Finnish marine technology review 2/2016 - Page 18

photo: MERITAITO OY In the year 2015, Meritaito Ltd surveyed a total of 10,000 square kilometres of seafloor. For 2016 the estimated total surveying area will be 12,000 square kilometres. T he Mareano programme was originally launched in 2005. As knowledge of the seafloor and its biodiversity is limited in many areas, a more detailed mapping of the seafloor in Norwegian offshore waters was called for. The project is said to be one of the most challenging and demanding hydro­ 16 seatec 2/2016 “ Among other rare seafloor findings, the Barents Sea region incorporates the largest cold-water coral reefs in the world.