Unknown Waters: Surveying Gabon’s Marine LifeLatest update September 1, 2018 Started on September 1, 2018
Gabon recently put over 26% of its marine areas under management and protections! These new marine protected areas have been created based on data such as sightings of marine turtles and marine mammals and information on fish catches. But what is at the bottom of those areas is still unknown. Using an underwater drone around Gabon's Pointe Denis area, what will we discover?
Gabon created a vast network of Marine Protected Areas in 2017 to protect marine wildlife and unique ecosystems. These "MPAs" have been designed through a marine spatial planning process, integrating several types of information, including the patterns of sea turtles, whales, and dolphins in the areas; the shape of the sea’s bottom; and the fish and fisheries in the area. But we still lack data on bottom characteristics (sand, rocks, algae, etc.) as well as a full understanding of fish biodiversity. Follow us as we document fish life in Gabon using remotely operated underwater vehicles. This way we don’t all need to SCUBA dive to explore!
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