The Greenpeace International vessel Arctic Sunrise has arrived at Port Victoria. After a crew change, the research ship will depart to conduct scientific research at the Saya de Malha Bank between Seychelles and Mauritius, before returning to Mahe at the end of March 2021. Mahe Shipping are serving the vessel as local shipping agent.
The purpose of this expedition is to collect information about the biological diversity present at the Saya de Malha Bank and to contribute to knowledge of the value of such sites for conservation. This will include mapping marine diversity of the region including sharks and whales by means of environmental DNA sampling. Seagrass meadows and coral reefs will also be studied.