$450K For BIOS Fish Biodiversity Research

June 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

Marking World Environment Day, the U.K. Government has announced over £8 million for projects in Overseas Territories, including £316,829 [$449,249] for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences to “assess the mobile fish biodiversity for Bermuda’s deep seas.”

In an online post, Government House said, “On World Environment Day 2021 [Saturday 5 June] the UK Government announced over £8 million for projects in the UK Overseas Territories to tackle the global biodiversity crisis, including almost $450,000 for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences to assess the mobile fish biodiversity for Bermuda’s deep seas.”

The report on the Darwin Initiative website said, “Through the use of innovative methodologies, this project will fill critical knowledge gaps on Bermuda’s mobile deep-sea biodiversity and support both the Bermuda and UK Government’s strategic biodiversity conservation priorities.

“The complimentary use of environmental DNA metabarcoding and baited cameras will generate baseline data to feed into the nascent MPA network as the Government develops spatial protection measures under the Bermuda Ocean Prosperity Programme [BOPP]. This work will focus on species of highly migratory and mobile predatory fishes.”

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  1. This is great news!

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