legal definition of a reef
buddrw at kgs.ukans.edu
Fri Jan 11 18:17:02 EST 2002
There are many definitions of 'reef' in all of the categories mentioned. A
few are 'clear,' whether or not any are 'proper' depends on the user and
intended usage, and 'legal' is strictly a matter of the political
concerned -- some may have legal definitions of reefs, most probably don't.
For a recent summary review of reef definitions and their characteristics
references), see: Kleypas, J.A., Buddemeier, R.W. and Gattuso, J.-P., 2001.
Defining 'coral reef' for the age of global change. International Journal of
Earth Sciences, 90: 426-437.
The most important recommendation to all serious (scientific, managerial or
regulatory) users of the term is to NOT assume that you understand what
somebody else means by the term, or that they will understand you, but to
provide and ask for explicit definitions.
Sabine Goetz wrote:
> >Dear coral-listers,
> >we are a group of biologists in Tobago, doing some research on artificial
> >reefs.Because we are not sure if its legal to use the term "reef" for our
> >project, it would be very interesting to know, if there exists a legal
> >clear (biological,nautical or geological) definition. Maybe somebody
> >a proper definition of this term.It would be very
> >nice if you answered us per e-mail.
> >Thanks in advance
> > Sabine Goetz
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