Status of coral reef resources in Micronesia and American Samoa: 2008

Goldberg, Jeremy, Adams, Katrina, Albert, Julita, Asher, Jacob, Brown, Paul, Brown, Valerie, Burdick, David, Carroll, Benjamin, Craig, Peter, Fenner, Douglas, Fillmed, Christina, Fread, Vanessa, Gawel, Mike, George, Andy, Golbuu, Yimnang, Goldman, Lee, Graham, Curtis, Hall, Amy, Hasurmai, Mike, Jacob, Lucy, Jacobson, Dean, Joseph, Eugene, Kenyon, Jean, Kostka, Willy, Leberer, Trina, Luckymis, Marston, Lundblad, Emily, Malakai, Scotty, Maragos, Jim, Marcus, Allan, Marino, Sebastian, Mathias, Dave, McIlwain, Jenny, Miller, Joyce, Minton, Dwayne, Nadon, Marc, Palik, Steve, Pioppi, Nick, Raymundo, Laurie, Richards, Benjamin, Sabater, Marlowe, Schroeder, Robert, Schupp, Peter, Smith, Ellen, Takesy, Alissa, and Zgliczynski, Brian (2008) Status of coral reef resources in Micronesia and American Samoa: 2008. Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008, 1. pp. 199-212.

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Coral reefs in Micronesia and American Samoa appear to be amongst the most resilient in the world, despite numerous on-going threats;

There has been considerable recovery of reefs in western Micronesia (especially Palau) that were devastated during the massive coral bleaching in 1998;

The more remote islands support thriving communities of large reef fishes due to limited fishing pressures and habitat degradation;

Fish populations around major population centres show clear signs of over-fishing with few large fish observed because of fishing pressure, particularly spear-fishers using scuba;

Management and monitoring efforts are on-going throughout the region and numerous effective initiatives are promoting recovery of damaged coral reefs as well as the conservation of healthy ones;

Lack of enforcement continues to be one of the major hindrances to effective resource management outcomes and more support is necessary.

Item ID: 24211
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-6185
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 23:11
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