Type Oceanographic cruise
Ship Amborella
Ship owner Divers Prive
Dates 22/06/2013 - 04/07/2013
Chief scientist(s) PELLETIER Dominique ORCID


Centre Ifremer de Nantes

Rue de l'Ile d'Yeu

BP 2105

44311 Nantes Cedex 3

+33 (0)2 40 37 41 67

DOI 10.17600/18002030

This survey conducted in June 2013, was carried out as part of the AMBIO project, and is the first study of fish communities and their habitats, covering the entire Chesterfield and Bellona reef complex (330 km North-South, 70 km East-West, 1324 km²) in the Coral Sea Marine Park. Data were collected using the STAVIRO, a rotating video technique developed in 2007, and largely perfected and tested since (Pelletier et al. 2012, 2016).

The data collected enabled to describe and assess:

  • fish habitats and communities, their abundance and distribution;
  • fish resources.

And thus contribute to improving ecological knowledge in this large area within the Coral Sea Marine Park.



Pelletier Dominique, Selmaoui?folcher Nazha, Bockel Thomas, Schohn Thomas (2020). A regionally scalable habitat typology for assessing benthic habitats and fish communities: Application to New Caledonia reefs and lagoons. Ecology And Evolution, 10(14), 7021-7049. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

Garcia Jessica, Pelletier Dominique, Carpentier Liliane, Roman William, Bockel Thomas (2018). Scale-dependency of the environmental influence on fish ?-diversity: Implications for ecoregionalization and conservation. Journal Of Biogeography, 45(8), 1818-1832. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :

References of Technical Reports

Pelletier Dominique, Bockel Thomas, Roman William, Carpentier Liliane, Laugier Thierry (2016). Etat de santé initial des habitats et peuplements de poissons des récifs de Chesterfield-Bellona, Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail, Campagne de stations vidéo rotatives STAVIRO 2013. AMBIO/A/24.

References of Atlases

Allen Coral Atlas (2020). Imagery, maps and monitoring of the world's tropical coral reefs.


Pelletier, D. A. Fourdrain, & F. Cadé (2016) A la découverte des récifs du Parc Naturel de la mer de Corail.