Reef fish assemblages in the WIO

Using standardised methods for surveying reef fishes we have quantified reef fish species diversity and abundance methods in Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros, Madagascar, and recently in Chagos (see methods descriptions below). Fish abundance measures define the structure of the fish assemblage at the species level and the functional trophic group level, and are relevant to climate change and assessing resilience of reef fishes to global warming.

A mata-VamNE-IMG_3331These large datasets are currently being analysed with colleagues (at Curtin University, University of Bangor, and James Cook University) but preliminary results have been presented at the Reef UK conference in London in 2014, the ICRS conference in 2012 in Australia, and the WIOMSA symposium in 2011.

Recent surveys in 2015 have been in northern Cabo Delgado to assess coral reef health and status (Samoilys et al. 2015) to provide current baselines for measuring conservation impacts in the future, provide data for marine spatial planning including Locally Managed Marine Areas and to contribute to a regional database on coral reef biodiversity and resilience.