Legal definition

John McManus jmcmanus at
Mon Jan 15 21:16:33 EST 2001

Just a reminder that Nani Kai was looking for input on the legal definition
of reef to be developed and requested that the discussion be on the list. I
sent in one definition suitable for an encyclopedia article to get the ball
rolling. Lots of people sent me directly some very useful suggestions,
including very valid concerns about how to handle temperate coral systems.
Perhaps someone would like to suggest some alternative definitions in public
forum on the list?



John W. McManus, PhD
Director, National Center for Caribbean Coral Reef Research (NCORE)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (RSMAS)
University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149. 
jmcmanus at 
Tel. (305) 361-4609
Fax (305) 361-4600

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