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Transboundary demersal survey, South-Eastern Atlantic – Legs 2.1, 2.2, and 2.4

Period: 02/03/2019 - 07/06/2019  (0 days)
Objectives of the Surveys:

The area to be surveyed in 2019 by the RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen includes the continental shelf and upper slope of West Africa from South Africa to Morocco.

The main objective of Leg 2 is to cover demersal resources of the continental shelf and upper slope with a regional survey that allows for synoptic overview of distribution and abundance of resources that may be shared across the region. In addition to determining distribution and abundance of demersal species and communities, and collecting biological samples as specified below, sampling will be carried out to determine oceanographic conditions (including physical, chemical and biological), sampling for microplastics, recording occurrence of marine debris.

Survey # 2018408 to 2018412

Bay of Bengal

Period: 23/06/2018 - 15/10/2018  (109 days)
Countries:
Bangladesh - Myanmar - Sri Lanka - Thailand
Objectives of the Surveys:

The surveys in the Bay of Bengal have a broad ecosystem approach and will aim at gaining understanding of ecosystem status in general and of specific ecosystem components and attributes. Sampling will be undertaken in relation to hydrographic conditions, plankton, egg and larvae, jellyfish, demersal, pelagic and mesopelagic resources, bottom sediment, top predators.

Opportunistic sampling for pollution will be undertaken throughout the survey.

Survey # 2018406 and 2018407

Mascarene Bank

Period: 04/05/2018 - 22/06/2018  (48 days)
Countries:
Mauritius - Seychelles - Sri Lanka
Objectives of the Surveys:

The purpose of the surveys are:

  • Bottom habitat studies and identification of VMEs (Theme 7)
  • Hydrographic conditions, plancton (Theme 8, 9, 10)
  • Mesopelagic fishes (Theme 3)
  • Occurrence of marine debris and microplastics
Survey # 2018401 to 2018405

Ecosystem Surveys East Africa

Period: 20/01/2018 - 03/05/2018  (97 days)
Countries:
Mozambique - Seychelles - South Africa - United Republic of Tanzania
Objectives of the Surveys:

The surveys off East Africa have a broad ecosystem approach and will aim at gaining understanding of ecosystem status in general and of specific ecosystem components and attributes. Sampling will be undertaken in relation to hydrographic conditions, plankton, egg and larvae, jellyfish, demersal, pelagic and mesopelagic resources, bottom sediment, top predators.

Opportunistic sampling for pollution will be undertaken throughout the survey.

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