Maldivian Marine Symposium #2
Marine Savers was delighted to attend the annual Maldivian Marine Symposium, held at Malé University on 24 July. This was a great occasion to meet with enthusiastic local students, and to network with fellow marine biologists from around the country.
Some of the topics included:
- fisheries for the aquarium trade; grouper communities;
- Mantas; turtle populations; whale sharks;
- coral diseases; coral reef recovery;
- marine debris; island geology.
Tori (our intern) discussed turtle satellite-tagging, and Carla (our Fish Lab expert) presented her study of Baa Atoll sea anemones and their clownfish populations.
The results will soon be finalised, and she will be submitting the article to a scientific journal for consideration. We are hoping that other marine biologists will be able to contribute to our study, or indeed start their own research.
By increasing the number of citizen scientists, we will be able to monitor the health status of anemones throughout the Maldives and better understand their dynamic abilities to face environmental challenges.