Marine surveys were initially done for the Marine Biodiversity Assessment project developed in collaboration with SeyCCAT, GIF and UniSey. One of the aims of this project was to develop a methodology that could have been shared nationally and internationally to be able to compare data on a wider scale.

Our team has been busy with training, organizing fix transects along the area that will be surveyed and collecting data to have a fix procedure and guideline for upcoming years of marine surveys.


What is to come:

             Fregate Island intends to run the marine survey periodically

             Data analysis & statistics to gain an overview of the health of the sea around Fregate Island

             Work on publication


The WHY:

             to understand the health of the sea around Fregate Island

             to monitor the biodiversity (fish, corals, invertebrates, substrate)

             to understand how climate change affects the marine life & health of the ocean

             to understand if there is a parallel between health of land and sea


The HOW:

             Training: The team is trained to recognize different corals, fish, invertebrates, and substrates, as well as how to collect the data underwater.

             Placing fix transects: At the 6 different sites around Fregate Island, using buoys attached to ropes, to be able to survey the same area and compare the data more accurately.

            Regular monitoring: 2 times a year the 6 sites around Fregate Island are monitored and data is collected of its biodiversity (fish, corals, invertebrates, substrates)