Erdmann Conservation International Expedition Discovers New Species
October 01, 2006 - Seaspan Newsletter
By Polita Glynn
Two recent expeditions led by Conservation International (CI) to the heart of Asia's "Coral Triangle" discovered dozens of new species of marine life (see Feature Article). Mark Erdmann, Pew Fellow and senior adviser of CI's Indonesian Marine Program, led the surveys. Erdmann stated, "These Papuan reefs are literally 'species factories' that require special attention to protect them from unsustainable fisheries and other threats so they can continue to benefit their local owners and the global community." The unmatched marine biodiversity of the Bird's Head Seascape, named for the shape of the distinctive peninsula on the northwestern end of Indonesia's Papua province, includes more than 1,200 species of fish and almost 600 species of reef-building (scleractinian) coral, or 75 percent of the world's known total.
For a profile on Mark Erdmann