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Start of the Ecosystem survey in Gabon - Port Gentil

For the first time an ecosystem survey with R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will be conducted in the coastal area of Gabon. Identification and abundance of birds, whales, fish, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthos will be conducted in the period from 9-23 May.

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Cruise diary 2: Increasing our understanding about the living resources

Gabon is most known by its forest, but it also holds more than 900 km of coast mainly composed by virgin never ending sandy beaches, big estuaries and coastal lagoons. Its waters are also peculiar, since the Equator divides the country, two big oceanographic systems converge, the warmer Guinea current, from the north, and the Benguela current from the south. This singular feature creates two main ecosystems north and south of cape Lopez, each one holding different oceanographic characteristics and species.

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