Assessing Ascension Islands shallow marine biodiversity
Dr Paul Brickle
Shallow Marine Surveys Group
Host Country Institutions:
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
Lacking are inventories of marine invertebrates, ichthyofauna and algae. Habitat inventories and mapping are needed to manage coastal zones. Additionally, corals and associated fauna are particularly sensitive to climate change. The status of marine endemic species is absent and redressing these will drive the formulation of species actions plans. We will generate baseline data, thus creating scope for future marine biodiversity conservation and management projects on the Island. We will train local divers and Conservation Professionals in sampling protocols such that the collection of baseline data and monitoring of key marine flora and fauna can continue.
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