Almost one year from the scientific cruise organised by IUCN and its partners on the seamounts of the SW Indian Ocean, which Sarah Gotheil participated in, the painstaking work of identifying many of the 7’000 samples has begun. The results of this taxonomic analysis will improve scientific knowledge of this corner of the Indian Ocean, of seamounts more generally and will inform decisions on how we can better manage and protect these remarkably rich features.
You can follow a blog on the breaking news from this exercise by clicking on the following link: http://seamounts2009.blogspot.com/ . Already some species that are new to the region have been identified and chances are a number of species that are new to science will be announced. So it’s very much a case of “watch this space” or rather “watch this blog”!
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