An assessment of benthic biodiversity of Walter’s Shoal
Principal Investigator: Toufiek Samaai
Our understanding of species, communities and connectivity of seamounts, especially that of Walter’s Shoal, along the Madagascar Ridge is inconsistent, and this precludes any attempt at high seas management of biodiversity. This project aims to assess the biodiversity on Walter’s Shoal, that will not only add to the understanding of how seamount communities are structured and function, but also aid in the identification of priority areas for protection within the high seas.
This project hopes to develop local experience in seamount ecology and deep-water research within the participating institutions and will empower researchers to support improved Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem management.