The Government of the Maldives, in partnership with the Blue Prosperity Coalition, has just completed a 26-day scientific expedition to survey coral reef habitats, fish populations, and water quality across the Northern and Southern Atolls, from Haa Alif to Laamu Atoll.
The expedition represents an impressive partnership between the Maldivian scientists and those from 8 different countries, with the crew working around the clock to take and process diverse sampling techniques.
Led by the Maldives Marine Research Institute (MMRI), the Waitt Institute, and Scripps Institution Oceanography’s 100 Island Challenge, this initial expedition also included scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency, Small Island Research Centre, IUCN Maldives, and the Maldives Coral Institute.
According to a press release by the President’s Office, at one point during the expedition, President Ibrahim Solih, the Speaker of Parliament and former President, Mohamed Nasheed, and the Minister of Fisheries Marine Resources and Agriculture, Zaha Waheed, joined the scientific team along Neykurendhoo Island in Haa Dhaalu Atoll.
A second expedition surveying the nearshore habitats of Huvadhoo, Fuvahmulahand Addu Atolls is set to take place in early March.