Scientists from Maldives, in association with Blue Prosperity Coalition, conducted a research on the condition of Maldives’ reefs, marine life and the underwater environment.
From Haa Alif Atoll to Laamu Atoll, the research took 26 days and was joined by scientists from 8 countries. Modern technology was used to collect data including 3d coral imaging environmental DNA and baited remote underwater video system.
At the ceremony held to mark the end of the first stage of research, Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resource and Agriculture Zaha Waheed stated that it is a huge responsibility to conserve and preserve natural resources for future generations.
Maldives Marine Research Institute in charge Shafiya Naeem says this is one of the finest research done on the Maldives’ ocean.
A global partner of Blue Prosperity Coalition, Waitt Institution’s Science and Field Director highlights bleaching and reef damage due to fishing. He says that information gathered in this research on protection of the reefs and marine life will lead to serious actions being taken.
As part of this research, 16 atolls were surveyed, 978 scientific dives took place, 48 3D images taken, a 690 hours Brav video footage and 330 species of fish were recorded.
Next month, research will commence in Huvadhoo Atoll, Fuvahmulah Atoll and Addu City.