Ecosystem assessment of the Tristan Da Cunha Islands

Caselle, J. E., Hamilton, S. L., Davis, K., Bester, M., Wege, M., Thompson, C., … Mayorga, J. (2017). Ecosystem assessment of the Tristan Da Cunha Islands. National Geographic.
TitleEcosystem assessment of the Tristan Da Cunha Islands
AuthorsJ. Caselle, S. Hamilton, K. Davis, M. Bester, M. Wege, C. Thompson, A. Turchik, R. Jenkinson, D. Simpson, J. Mayorga
AbstractIn January–February 2017, National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project, in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Tristan da Cunha Government (including the Fisheries and Conservation Departments) conducted a 21-day expedition to Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale, Inaccessible and Gough Islands. The primary goals of the expedition were to conduct comprehensive quantitative surveys of the health of the archipelago’s largely unknown marine environment to assist the Government and people of Tristan da Cunha in planning marine protection . The results of the expedition highlight the unique marine ecosystem of this archipelago, particularly the pelagic and deep-sea environments, which were virtually unstudied and documented scientifically.The work presented in this report is meant to complement ongoing research at Tristan da Cunha and provide a springboard to help inform the Tristan Government about potential protection schemes that protect both important fisheries and unique biodiversity of the archipelago. .
JournalNational Geographic