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Safeguarding the Coral Sea’s marine mammals, sea turtles and sharks
It is challenging for the EU to safeguard pelagic (open ocean) biodiversity in its overseas countries and territories. Techniques to assess the variety and quantity of pelagic megafauna (marine mammals, sea turtles, sharks) are lacking. The EU-funded MEGAFAUNA project will introduce a network that protects megafauna and keeps fisheries profitable in New Caledonia’s Natural Park of the Coral Sea. The network will inform the marine park’s decision-makers while helping to meet the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s target of protecting 30 % of the world's oceans by 2030. The project will use image-based surveys, deep learning and fishery economic data to detect pelagic megafauna, and predict and protect hotspots in the Coral Sea.
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