The collapse of a coral reef: Jamaica

Hughes, Terrence (2001) The collapse of a coral reef: Jamaica. In: Talbot, Frank, and Wilkinson, Clive, (eds.) Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Seagrasses: a sourcebook for managers. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 99-101.

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[Extract] Jamaica is a true tropical island (Lat.18°N.) in the central Caribbean. It is large (235 x 82 km) and mountainous, with its highest peak reaching over 2,200 m. It is an independent nation with a population of 2.6 million people. The island and surrounding reefs lie in clear tropical water. Fish are an important food, with most fishing being conducted with basic equipment.

Most of the reefs lie close to the coast and were once considered the richest coral reefs in the Caribbean. They have also been the best studied and, in the late 1970s, there was a high diversity of corals, which covered 50-70% of the bottom (surveys made along 240 km of coastline).

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FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
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