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Vanuatu 2020-2021

Research student: Mr James Archibald
(James Cook University)

Vanuatu  - Country Statistics

  • Land area*: 12,189 squared km

  • Population* (2021): 303,009 

  • Population Growth* (2021): 1.67%

  • Visitors**** (2020): 0

  • Marine area (EEZ)**: 827,626 squared km

  • Population density*** (2018): 24.01 

  • Urban population* (2020): 25.5%

  • GDP***: 934,239,973

* CIA World Factbook

** Sea Around Us

*** World Bank

**** Vanuatu National Statistics Office- No recorded visitors due to COVID-19 Lockdown beginning mid march

In-country partners and contributors
Johanna Johnson (C2O Pacific); David Welch (C2O Pacific)
Photos from the Vanuatu Underwater Group
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Checklist of Vanuatu sharks and rays

Current number of shark species

Current number of ray species

Current number of chimaera species

Vanuatu shark and ray photos

Whitetip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus) photographed at Mele Reef, Efate, Vanuatu, 04 April 2019

Photos by John Warmington (above) and Stuart Loubser (left),
Vanuatu Underwater Group

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Spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus ocellatus) date unknown.
Lonnoc, NE Espiritu Santo

Photo by Frederic Ducarme


Oceania fantail ray (Taeniura lessoni) date unknown.
Lonnoc, NE Espiritu Santo

Photo by Frederic Ducarme

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Kuhl's maskray (Neotrygon kuhlii) 10 Jan 2020
South Moso (in front of Tranquility Bungalows)

Photo by Francis Hickey

Leopard shark (Stegastoma fasciatum) 5 Dec 2009
NE of Kagula Island, Nth Efate

Photo by Francis Hickey

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Silvertip shark (Carcharhinus albimarginatus) 17 Jan 2016 | north of the eastern point of Eratoka (Hat) Island;  -17.6284 S  168.15863 E 

Photo by Francis Hickey

Thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) 11 Oct 2019. Exact location unknown but in the vicinity of Aniwa Island
Photo provided by Francis Hickey from social media

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