CORAL REEFS OF MEXICO
plbentos at kin.cieamer.conacyt.mx
Wed Aug 20 21:06:52 EDT 1997
COMMUNICATION ADDRESSED TO MARINE SCIENTISTS INVOLVED WITH THE ASSESSMENT
OF THE STATUS OF MEXICO'S CORAL REEFS:
One of the major difficulties to implement the International Coral Reef
Initiative (ICRI) in Mexico, is the lack of a national assessment of the
status of coral reefs. As a first step to implement the ICRI, an overview
of the current methodologies employed for the assessment of coral reefs is
necessary. The definition of the best available methodologies for Mexico
will enable to establish baselines to initiate management and a national
monitoring network. Given that the best methodology for each coral reef
depends on its environmental particularities, different methodologies will
prove adequate in each region of the country.
If you have been involved with the coral reefs in Mexico, your
cooperation by answering the following quest will be very useful to
begin the implementation of this initiative *:
1. Name and university or place of employment.
2. Survey area in Mexico where your research has been conducted.
3. Human impacts influencing coral reefs in the surveyed area.
4. Reef type (i.e., coastal reef) to which your study area corresponds.
5. Physiographic, oceanographic, and ecological description of the surveyed
6. Dominant coral genera (or species) observed in the surveyed area.
6. Purposes of your research on the Mexico' coral reefs.
8. Survey method (s) used in your research.
9. Adequacy of the method (s) selected for your surveys (in the light of
the particular features of the study area).
13. Publications issued from your research.
Thanks in advance.
* Please, be aware of responding directly to our email address.
PhD Pedro Ardisson
Biol. Juan Jose Duran
Oceanol. Alfonso Cuevas
Laboratorio de Bentos
Antigua Carretera a Progreso Km. 6
Apartado Postal 73, Cordemex C.P. 97310
Tels: (99) 81-29-73 ext. 292
FAX: (99) 81-29-17
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