A team of Conservation International scientist undertook a series of projects in Raja Ampat in collaboration with Resorts World Sentosa’s S.E.A. Aquarium and the Indonesian government to gain greater insight into the region’s manta ray populations, fish biodiversity and deep sea ecosystems. Scientists completed satellite tagging, hydrophone deployment, genetic sampling and photo ID of manta populations in the region. The team also conducted genetic sampling and photo ID of Hemiscyllium sharks (walking sharks) in conjunction with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and Western Australian Museum. In addition, genetic sampling and photo ID were also carried out for multiple endemic fish species in the region. Surveys of deep sea reefs and the assessment of the Dampier Strait were conducted in the Triton submersible. Data collected on the expedition contributed to studies of bioluminescence, speciation, geology, and local conservation.
|Firsts:||First study to help reveal Southeast Asia's first Manta Ray nursery.|
|Principal Investigator:||Dr. Mark Erdmann, Conservation International|
|Location:||Raja Ampat, Indonesia|