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Deep reef ecosystems of the Western Indian Ocean: addressing the great unknown
Research Ideas and Outcomes
Indian Ocean coral reef ecosystems are some of the least explored, least funded and least protected worldwide. "First Descent: Indian Ocean" represents a series of research expeditions undertaken by Nekton between 2018-2022 in partnership with Governments in the Indian Ocean region to contribute to establishing a baseline of marine life and catalyse 30% protection by 2030. Two recent expeditions, the 2018 WILDOCEANS/ACEP Comoros Mesophotic Biodiversity Expedition (led by WILDTRUST), and thedoi:10.3897/rio.6.e53913 fatcat:utokaomj2jcqznj4cmp6m2jovq