Although all the team have now departed Ascension, loaded down with samples and countless photographs, the work will continue long after our stay on the island.
With an entire upcoming edition of the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK to be dedicated to the results of this expedition there is a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to meet publishing deadlines.
With this ahead of us, the Shallow Marine Surveys Group would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Ascension Island Government and Administrator, Colin Wells, for their enthusiastic support and keen interest in this ambitious undertaking.
[caption id="attachment_676" align="aligncenter" width="584"] The Ascension Island Government building in Georgetown.
Additionally we would also particularly like to thank Ascension Island Conservation Department for making their facilities available to us, despite the chaos and interruptions we brought to their daily lives.
We hope that we will be able to continue collaborating so effectively on the longer term projects we leave behind and also in the future on any further on site surveys.
[caption id="attachment_678" align="aligncenter" width="584"] The team took over sections of the Conservation offices during their stay on Ascension. Thank you to all for your hospitality!
With the SMSG team now dispersed around the globe, there will be no more blog posts from the island.
However over time, as work continues on the material we compiled, we'll be occasionally updating the blog with news items. In particular we aim to include galleries of all marine species we photographed as the identification work progresses on the thousands of images we now have.
And of course, future expeditions by SMSG will be announced and documented here. Stay tuned - no doubt there are more exciting developments to come!