The National Geographic Pristine Seas is undertaking an extensive survey within the marine fishery waters of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The survey aims to document and compare changes in the marine habitat and species over time. This information will be used to develop critical baseline information useful for future living marine resource management.
The survey work will involve assessments of our reef, species counts, habitat surveys, etc. This information will be critical to inform fishers of available fish stocks in our waters to ensure sustainable supplies of fish for local consumers.
Using data from this survey, the national geographic will produce a documentary on our marine environment that has benefits that will redound to the fisheries, tourism and environment sectors.
The expedition began in mid-November with the expected completion date of December 14, 2022.
The expedition is being conducted via chartered foreign vessel the BVI Aggressor. Officials from the Fisheries Division and other marine stakeholders have been partnering with the 14-member team to facilitate the work. The entire west Coast from Scotts Head to Portsmouth has already been surveyed.
The team is presently situated in the waters of the East and North East areas assessing the marine space, where there are thriving scenic reefs.
Pristine Seas has carried out expeditions in 36 places, 25 of which have since been protected, covering a total area of more than 6.5 million square kilometers — more than twice the size of India.