This year’s Earthwatch expedition took place from April 26th to May 5th. The first part of the expedition took place in the Curieuse Marine National Park. It focused on understanding how present day and future reef systems respond to environmental changes. This information is useful for managing coral reef ecosystems of the future. The research also examines reef responses to large environmental disturbance events and utilized an experimental approach to assess the tolerance of reef building corals to temperature changes.

The second expedition was based on Mahe, the first time an Earthwatch expedition takes place on the main island. This involved the implementation of a social science survey. The survey conducted was focused on the socio-economic life of humans and how it might have an impact on coral communities.    

Earthwatch fellows conducting the survey with fishermen on the fishing port (© Dereck Louange)

The  survey  targeted fishing communities and was conducted  in the northern and eastern part of Mahe, targeting Bel Ombre, Beau Vallon, La Batie, Pascal village in the north, and Roche Caiman and Anse Royale in the South. Survey was also carried out at the fishing port, with numerous fishermen. The result gathered will help Earthwatch to investigate climate impact on coral community and the impacts on human and the fishing community.