Pioneering work by a UK based conservation organisation looks set to help start the process of getting a remote part of the planet declared a Marine Protected Area.
Biosphere Expeditions has just completed the baseline research of the coral reefs off the remote and mountainous Musandam peninsula of Oman in the Strait of Hormuz.
This is the first time this area has been surveyed, bordered as it is by massive developments in the United Arab Emirates. This high level of construction is believed to have had a considerable negative impact on the marine environment of the neighbouring area.
But the results of the first survey which have just been released are encouraging.