2.2 - Cruise Report Biodiversity Survey FV Zeearend
The FV Zeearend sailed from Walvis Bay, Namibia on 18th June 2014 to conduct a Biodiversity Verification Survey in the proposed marine phosphate target dredge area, Sandpiper - 1 (SP-1), which is located in the Mining Licence Area (MLA), ML 170. The survey was successfully completed on 27th June 2014. The primary objective of the cruise was to conduct a bottom trawl survey to assess the abundance, biodiversity and distribution of commercial and other demersal fish species, epifauna, seabirds and marine mammals. The duration of the survey was eight days, during which 24 stations were completed. Each station was sampled using a double codend monk trawl net with a 20 mm codend liner net (so that the smaller epifauna organisms were retained).
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