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07 June 2021 | dataset

Global Reef Expedition: Tonga

Between September 10, 2013 – October 3, 2013 the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation conducted a
research mission to Tonga, focusing on coral reefs surrounding the islands in the Ha'apai group (Sep 11-21),
Vava'u (Sep 22-28) and Niuaatoputapu (Sep 29-Oct 1). The mission included coral reef assessments, coral reef
research, habitat mapping, and educational activities. The objectives of the mission were to:

1) Identify and characterize shallow marine habitats and develop habitat and bathymetric maps:
2) Evaluate the composition, structure and health of coral reefs using a standardized assessment protocol;
3) Evaluate the effects of environmental stressors on coral health and subcellular changes through biomarker
4) Assess the diversity, abundance and population structure of fishes, corals and other invertebrates, and algae,
including commercially valuable species;
5) Document the impacts of broad scale disturbances and patterns of recovery with emphasis on Tsunami
damage in Niua;
6) Measure ocean chemistry (pH) and effects on coral growth; and
7) Characterize the types of symbionts in reef building corals and variations in their photosynthetic efficiency
under different environmental conditions.

The project was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Lands, Environment, Climate Change & Natural Resources (MLECCNR), Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (MAFF) and Vava'u Environmental Protection Association (VEPA), with involvement of scientists from Nova Southeastern University, University of the Azores, University of the Philippines, NOAA/University of Miami, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment Program (AGRRA), and the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (Taiwan)

Data and Resource

Field Report

Field report of the mission to Tonga, focusing…

Final Report

Herein, is the final field report on a study…

Field Value
Publisher Department of Environment, Tonga
Modified 15 February 2022
Release Date 07 June 2021
Source URL
Identifier f9b97c27-4901-4214-8834-3aa0879055aa
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location Tonga
Relevant Countries Tonga
Language English
License Public
[Open Data]
Author Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation