Call for data – 2019 Red List of Ecosystems of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean

At the recently held inception workshop, the WIO GCRMN benthic and fish datasets were identified as key datasets to undertake the 2019 Red List of Ecosystems of coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean (see workshop report here).

The GCRMN datasets were compiled with support from the Indian Ocean Commission’s 5-year Biodiversity Project through the 2017 GCRMN coral reef status report and subsequent 2017/18 post-bleaching assessment.

For the purpose of this project, we request long-term in-situ monitoring data (coral, algae, fish abundance) including quantitative bleaching data (if available), as well as one-off or short time series records to improve the spatial cover of data. We are requesting SUMMARY DATA (mean, standard deviation) at the level of monitoring ‘stations’ and ‘sites’.

We would like to encourage all researchers, institutions and students who did not already contribute in the WIO GCRMN report, and who possess the required data to participate.

The data owners for each component of data used will be duly acknowledged in the final report.

Period for contributions. We would kindly request your contributions by 15 May 2019.

Please contact Mishal Gudka ( for further information and to contribute data.

All data contributions will be covered by a data-sharing agreement (DSA) that only permits CORDIO to use the shared data solely for the 2019 WIO coral reef Red List of Ecosystems assessment.

Data should be shared using the template datasheet below to facilitate data contributions in a standardised format