[Coral-List] Impact of scuba diving in Martinique

Observatoire du Milieu Marin Martiniquais ommm at wanadoo.fr
Tue Aug 24 15:39:48 EDT 2004

Hello all,

I 'm just finishing an evaluation of the scuba diving intensity in
Martinique and i 'm giving recommandations to set up an anchoring system.
For now, our diving boats can anchor any place (as we have no MPA). I'm
wondering if it is the case in the rest of the carribean or if anchoring for
diving boats is forbidden every were on your coastline even outside MPAs.
Thank you for answering on this point.

Secondly, one of our dive site carries more than 16 000 dives a year, which
is far above the limit usually found in litterature (5 to 7 000 dives).
Nevertheless, the benthic community is composed by encrusting organism on
rock and it is not very sensitive.

If you have any comment or advices......

Sophie Brugneaux
Marine Environment Observatory of Martinique
7 avenue Condorcet
97200 Fort de France
Martinique (French West Indies)
ommm at wanadoo.fr

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