Status of Caribbean coral reefs in seven countries in 1986

Wilkinson, Clive, Nowak, Madeleine, Miller, Ian, and Baker, Valonna (2013) Status of Caribbean coral reefs in seven countries in 1986. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 70 (1-2). pp. 7-9.

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There are few long-term datasets available to make reliable statements about trends in cover and structure in many coral reefs around the world. We present 27 year old summary data of the cover of corals and other biota on Caribbean and Western Atlantic coral reefs in 7 countries collected in late 1985 and early 1986. These data were collected to support research on sponge populations and show relatively low coral cover on many of these reefs with particularly low cover of Acropora spp. We present these summaries to encourage other researchers to compare with current conditions or repeat the surveys to show long-term trends; the raw data will be supplied on request.

Item ID: 31386
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Keywords: coral cover; caribbean coral reefs; reef health in 1986; monitoring
Funders: Australian Government, Smithsonian Institution, Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 01:35
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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