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Cordell Expeditions: Oral History Project Interview with Dr. Schmieder

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This series of interviews captures highlights from a lengthy interview with Dr. Robert Schmieder, founder of Cordell Expeditions.  

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When did you first hear about Cordell Bank? Bob Schmieder, leader of Cordell Expeditions describes his first knowledge that Cordell Bank existed and how he started the exploration of it. Mp3 File (6.1MB)
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How did he explain this dive potential to interested expedition participants? Bob Schmieder describes how this was not a sport dive and the type of diver he needed to help in the expedition. Mp3 File (664k)
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How did they find Cordell Bank? Listen as Bob Schmieder, Cordell Expedition leader describes how they located Cordell Bank for their dives. Mp3 File (1.7MB)
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What were the surface conditions like on the day they did the first dive? Bob describes the conditions of the water the first day they dove Cordell Bank. Mp3 File (1.5MB)
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What were Bob's thoughts on the first dive on Cordell Bank? Bob Schmieder describes what he was thinking and what he observed as they descended on the first dive on Cordell Bank on Oct 22, 1989. Mp3 File (5.4MB)
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When divers got back on the boat the first time, what did they think? Bob Schmieder describes the fact that the team would come back over and over again to explore Cordell Bank. Mp3 File (592k)
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Was there concern about encountering sharks? Bob Schmieder explains thoughts divers had about shark encounters. Mp3 File (1.7MB)
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How was Cordell Bank different than other places on the CA Coast? Bob Schmieder describes the uniqueness of Cordell Bank compared to other areas in CA. Mp3 File (1.5MB)
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What were some of the achievements the first year of diving? Bob Schmieder describes the first body of knowledge he gathered about Cordell Bank in the expedition. Mp3 File (1.1MB)
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When did you hear about the National Marine Sanctuary Program? Bob Schmieder describes his first hearing of the National Marine Sanctuary Program. Mp3 File (1MB)
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The nomination of Cordell Bank as a National Marine Sanctuary. Bob Schmieder describes the first communications about nominating Cordell Bank to become a NMS Mp3 File (4.6MB)
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The Expedition takes on a new level of importance. Bob Schmieder's conversations about nominating Cordell Bank as a NMS with Nancy Foster, taking the original goals of the expedition to a new level. Mp3 File (3.6MB)
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How Cordell Bank was established as a National Marine Sanctuary. Bob Schmieder describes the process of Cordell Bank becoming a NMS and letting go of the project. Mp3 File (8.1MB)
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Cordell Bank was "an obsession" Bob Schmieder describes his obsession with Cordell Bank during the expedition years, that this was not an adventure, it was done for scientific pursuit. Mp3 File (1.7MB)
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Describing the most memorable underwater experience on Cordell Bank. Bob Schmieder describes the most memorable experience for him. Mp3 File (940k)
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What do you tell people today about Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary? Bob Schmieder describes what he tells people today about the National Marine Sanctuary and the legacy he left. Mp3 File (1.4MB)
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What threats exist today for Cordell Bank? Bob Schmieder describes his concerns for Cordell Bank and national marine sanctuaries. Mp3 File (2.4MB)
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