In November 2018, The UN Biodiversity conference was held in Sharm El Sheikh.
The 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14), as well as the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COPMOP9) and the 3rd meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (COPMOP3) will be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 17 to 29 November 2018.
During their time in Sharm, many of the delegates of the conference, booked to come diving or snorkeling with us at elite diving. Some were very high profile scientists in their field. Also many were very important lobbyists to help persuade governments to alter their countries policy for the benefit of the environment.
We met some very interesting people, many of which, were very impressed with the condition of the reefs here in Sharm.
After talking to many of the delegates to find out what the conference was about, we at elite offered our services to help in any surveys or information gathering that would benefit their research. We also offered YOUR services knowing you would be only to pleased to help.
To our great pleasure, we have been taken up on our offer, and we have been asked to supply information for the CITES Conference in Colombo Sri Lanka in May of this year.
This is where you our divers come in.
We've been asked to document sightings of Teatfish sea cucumbers in the Red Sea. Now I know I've seen them here but they need proof that they are still here in The Red Sea. So we are asking for any photos you may have taken of some while diving in The Red Sea. It don't have to be in Sharm. If you have the date, dive site and approx depth, that would be great but not essential.
Our Current divers and guides are being asked to keep an eye out for them and take photos documenting where and depth.
There are two types. A black Teatfish sea cucumber which is usually seen in the shallow sandy areas and the white version which is more likely to be around the 20 meter mark on a sandy bottom.
Please send any photos you have and as much detail as possible such as approx date, location, depth to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Black Teatfish Sea Cucumber
We look forward to your help and your photos.