Better understanding of the waters of Seychelles, the Nekton mission will study the ecosystems of the Indian Ocean

The deep ocean around the Seychelles Islands will be explored as part of a wider expedition to study and better understand the Indian Ocean ecosystem. The mission led by the Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute is scheduled to take place in March.

According to Ronny Jumeau, Permanent Ambassador of Seychelles to the United Nations, this research is essential to help the island nation to understand its vast ocean territory, which covers 1.4 million square kilometers.

“Seychelles aims to become a leader in the development of a” blue economy “that harnesses the resources of the ocean. The archipelago is based on fishing and tourism, but has recently been exploring the possibility of extracting oil and gas from its seabed, “said Mr. Jumeau.

The former environment minister said that “the key to doing this is not only knowing what you have in the ocean, but where it is and what its value is,” adding “this is only when you know that you could properly decide what to exploit and what to protect and leave intact. “

The news of the exploration was reported by ABC News Thursday and Your Subsea News 10 days ago. According to the articles, scientists and researchers will leave Bremerhaven, Germany, this week aboard the Ocean Zephyr for the Indian Ocean.

Nekton’s mission would be to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes under the waves that could affect 2.5 billion people in the surrounding region in the coming decades.

The Indian Ocean, a vast expanse of water that is already experiencing the effects of global warming, is considered one of the last great unexplored frontiers of the planet.

The triennial survey will also contribute to the state of the Indian Ocean summit scheduled for late 2021.

Nekton’s mission, supported by more than 40 organizations, will spend seven weeks studying underwater life, mapping the seabed and surveying at depths of up to 2,000 meters in the seas around Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

“Research expeditions such as the Nekton mission are therefore essential to help us fill these gaps and better understand our ocean space and marine resources to make sound decisions in planning for the future of our blue economy.” said Mr. Jumeau.

The island nation of less than 100,000 is already feeling the effects of climate change as rising water temperatures whiten its coral reefs.

“Our ocean is undergoing rapid ecological transformation due to human activities,” said Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at York University, England, who is a director of the mission.

“Seychelles is a vital guide to marine conservation in the Indian Ocean and around the world,” he said.

Mr. Stefanoudis, Team Leader, Principal Secretary Mr. Decomarmond and Senior Scientist Ms. Woodall at a meeting with the press last year. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

Lucy Woodall of Oxford University, scientific leader of the mission, said researchers expect to find dozens of new species, ranging from corals to sponges, to larger creatures such as sharks -dogs.

Bibby HydroMap – experts in the acquisition, interpretation and presentation of highly accurate and carefully positioned data on the seabed and submarine – will provide a hydrographic survey for exploration.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Nekton on such an exciting scientific research program. He gave us a wonderful opportunity for a staff member to participate and demonstrate what Bibby HydroMap can offer on the international stage. We look forward to starting and sharing updates on the progress of the mission, “said Mick Slater, Director of Operations.

Seychelles Secretary of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Alain Decomarmond, told SNA that the ministry is in discussion with researchers. “We are currently working on a document to better inform the Seychelles Council of Ministers on the positive results of exploration,” Decomarmond said.

Associated Press accompanies the expedition and will provide a live video of the dives, using new optical transmission technology to send images of submarines to the ship and from there, via satellite, to the world.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

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Better understanding of the waters of Seychelles, the Nekton mission will study the ecosystems of the Indian Ocean

The deep ocean around the Seychelles Islands will be explored as part of a wider expedition to study and better understand the Indian Ocean ecosystem. The mission led by the Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute is scheduled to take place in March.

According to Ronny Jumeau, Permanent Ambassador of Seychelles to the United Nations, this research is essential to help the island nation to understand its vast ocean territory, which covers 1.4 million square kilometers.

“Seychelles aims to become a leader in the development of a” blue economy “that harnesses the resources of the ocean. The archipelago is based on fishing and tourism, but has recently been exploring the possibility of extracting oil and gas from its seabed, “said Mr. Jumeau.

The former environment minister said that “the key to doing this is not only knowing what you have in the ocean, but where it is and what its value is,” adding “this is only when you know that you could properly decide what to exploit and what to protect and leave intact. “

The news of the exploration was reported by ABC News Thursday and Your Subsea News 10 days ago. According to the articles, scientists and researchers will leave Bremerhaven, Germany, this week aboard the Ocean Zephyr for the Indian Ocean.

Nekton’s mission would be to explore the Indian Ocean and document changes under the waves that could affect 2.5 billion people in the surrounding region in the coming decades.

The Indian Ocean, a vast expanse of water that is already experiencing the effects of global warming, is considered one of the last great unexplored frontiers of the planet.

The triennial survey will also contribute to the state of the Indian Ocean summit scheduled for late 2021.

Nekton’s mission, supported by more than 40 organizations, will spend seven weeks studying underwater life, mapping the seabed and surveying at depths of up to 2,000 meters in the seas around Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

“Research expeditions such as the Nekton mission are therefore essential to help us fill these gaps and better understand our ocean space and marine resources to make sound decisions in planning for the future of our blue economy.” said Mr. Jumeau.

The island nation of less than 100,000 is already feeling the effects of climate change as rising water temperatures whiten its coral reefs.

“Our ocean is undergoing rapid ecological transformation due to human activities,” said Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at York University, England, who is a director of the mission.

“Seychelles is a vital guide to marine conservation in the Indian Ocean and around the world,” he said.

Mr. Stefanoudis, Team Leader, Principal Secretary Mr. Decomarmond and Senior Scientist Ms. Woodall at a meeting with the press last year. (Seychelles Nation) Photo License: CC-BY

Lucy Woodall of Oxford University, scientific leader of the mission, said researchers expect to find dozens of new species, ranging from corals to sponges, to larger creatures such as sharks -dogs.

Bibby HydroMap – experts in the acquisition, interpretation and presentation of highly accurate and carefully positioned data on the seabed and submarine – will provide a hydrographic survey for exploration.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Nekton on such an exciting scientific research program. He gave us a wonderful opportunity for a staff member to participate and demonstrate what Bibby HydroMap can offer on the international stage. We look forward to starting and sharing updates on the progress of the mission, “said Mick Slater, Director of Operations.

Seychelles Secretary of Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Alain Decomarmond, told SNA that the ministry is in discussion with researchers. “We are currently working on a document to better inform the Seychelles Council of Ministers on the positive results of exploration,” Decomarmond said.

Associated Press accompanies the expedition and will provide a live video of the dives, using new optical transmission technology to send images of submarines to the ship and from there, via satellite, to the world.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

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