The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hopes that its new project will reveal the mysteries of southern Indian Ocean seamounts and help improve conservation and management of resources.

Two research expeditions will survey seamounts. These underwater mountains are magnets for marine life. The aim is to determine priority areas for the establishment of future marine Protected Areas, and improve the management and conservation of the ocean’s species.

“It is critical that we get more information on the impact of climate change on these deep-water species, in order to help set up protective measures. Deep-sea species are particularly vulnerable to climate change” said Dr Alex David Rogers, Principal Scientist and Marine Biologist at the Zoological Society of London.

You can read about the expedition’s progress on their blog at

IUCN is the world’s largest global environmental network – a union with more than 1000 government and NGO member organisations, and almost 11000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries.

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