Publicado por: pongpesca | 2019/04/16

Marine conservation: the UK university leading the fight to save the world’s seas

A pair of Manta rays approaches the camera from the blueA pair of Reef manta rays, Manta alfredi swim toward the camera from the blues while a diver in the back shines bright video lights toward them from behind.“The University of Plymouth has been at the forefront of marine conservation research for more than 20 years. It is a quest that takes its staff all over the world, seeking ways to sustainably manage our seas.
Among these sites of scientific interest is the Chagos archipelago, a remote British Indian Ocean Territory that is set to play a central role in discovering more about how coral reefs are coping with climate change.
The isolated islands lie about 300 miles south of the Maldives, and are surrounded by a 64m-hectare marine protected area, which has helped to limit human impacts such as overfishing and pollution. This means they are largely untouched by human activity, says associate professor Kerry Howell, and so the only negative impacts on the coral, such as bleaching, have been caused by global warming.”

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Fonte: The Guardian, 2 de abril de 2019


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