ASCLME Regional Alliance Cruise 2012
The UNDP GEF Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) project have over a period of three and half years (2008 - 2011) completed 21 research cruises in a growing cooperation with DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – South Africa), ACEP (African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NIOZ (Royal Netherlands Marine Research Institute), DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs – South Africa), SAEON (South African Environmental Observation Network) and more recently with IRD and Ifremer of France. These research cruises have identified a baseline that defines the ecosystems in the western Indian Ocean. However, the fundamental purpose and objective of this work was to create such a baseline so that long-term monitoring and observation programmes could then be set up to act as an early warning system to any changes and variability in this baseline.
26 Feb 2013