17 - 24 October 2015
In the autumn of 2015, researchers of IMARES will work together on reef monitoring with researchers from other institutes on the largest coral reef of The Netherlands on Saba. The Saba Bank is an extremely rich area with very high biodiversity of fish, coral, algae and sponges. Expedition leader Erik Meesters will post updates in a blog, so you can follow the expedition:
The Saba Bank is the largest undersea atoll in the Caribbean and one of the largest in the world (2000km). Along the edge of the bank there are extensive coral reefs. The corals provide the three-dimensional structure where all the other plants and animals live. They are the building blocks of the Bank.
Expedition coral reefs Saba Bank
During this expedition, 10 places on the Saba Bank will be visited that were sampled during earlier expeditions. In these places recordings will be made to investigate whether there have been changes in the covering of soil by corals and other organisms. Also, the composition and biomass of the existing fish communities is examined.
Particular attention will be paid to the sponges of the Saba Bank. Furthermore, with drop cameras, other parts of the reef will be photographed. Together with researchers from NIOZ, productivity of the reef will be examined to determine whether and how quickly it grows and how bio-erosion occurs.
Participants Exedition coral reefs Saba Bank
|Erik Meesters||IMARES||Project leader|
|Ingrid van Beek||IMARES||Fish monitoring|
|Didier Bakker||IMARES||Coral bioerosion|
|Fleur van Duyl||NIOZ||Coral calcification|
|Alice Webb||NIOZ||Coral bioerosion|
|Steven van Heuven||NIOZ||Coral calcification|
|Franck Mazeas||DEAL Gouadeloupe||Coral monitoring|
|Jean-Philippe Marechal||OMMM Martinique||Coral monitoring|
|Steve Piontek||LVV Statia||Fish monitoring|
|Tadzio Berevoets||St. Maarten||Fish monitoring|