An introduction to the Marine and Fisheries Team
Contributed by Dr Samantha Garrard
As the staff for the newly formed Marine and Fisheries Research Team within the Conservation Department we’d like to introduce ourselves and some of the research that is planned over the next couple of years. The team consists of myself, Andy and Daniel. First of all, I would like to say thank you to everyone on the island who we have met so far, you have already made us feel very welcome here and we are settling in nicely. I did at one point this week wonder whether we had brought the UK weather with us when the downpours started, and am enjoying basking in the sunshine now it has gone. For those of you that we haven’t met, we look forward to meeting you over the coming weeks.
The marine and fisheries science team. From left to right: Andy Richardson, Daniel Moore and Samantha Garrard
We are all excited at the opportunity to study the marine life of such a unique environment as Ascension Island. Over the next couple of years one of the things we will be doing is measuring fish diversity and abundance around the island, alongside mapping the different types of marine habitat that can be found here. In the last week or two we have been busy laying underwater transects and practising our fish identification and standardising methods that we will use to achieve measurements of diversity and abundance. We have also been practising our underwater photography skills so that we can have a photographic library of the marine habitats that occur. Hopefully some of preliminary work will be displayed at the Ascension Island Fair for those who are interested.