[Coral-List] Healthiest Caribbean reefs
Steve.Gittings at noaa.gov
Sat Oct 22 10:25:47 EDT 2011
The Flower Gardens should be seriously considered. Percent cover on the
banks has remained above 50% since the first surveys were conducted in
the early 1970s. Coral growth rates have also remained the same. The
reefs have experienced a few changes over the years, such as occasional
bleaching and the /Diadema /die-off, and a few incidents of anchoring or
other human activities that cause some mechanical damage. But none of
these appear to have affected coral, algae, or other ecosystem
components in a significant way. And while coral diversity is not as
high as other western Atlantic reefs (about a third of the known hard
corals exist there and no gorgonians on the reef cap), the Flower
Gardens is a place where we are happy to say that it would seem "nature
is still in charge."
The first lionfish were seen at the Flower Gardens this past year (just
a few), so you'd better hurry! Great story line though.
On 10/21/2011 12:43 PM, Amber Maitland wrote:
> Hello coral reef experts,
> I'm a researcher for a 3-year documentary film project, and as part of our story, we'd like to film a healthy and thriving coral reef in the Caribbean / Gulf of Mexico / Western Atlantic.
> My producer is interested in particular in Cuba (SE; Cayo Largo), Dominican Republic, and/or Puerto Rico (Desecheo? Mona Island?). However, I have been recommended Bonaire, Turks& Caicos, San Andres/Providence Islands, and the Cayman Islands.
> Do you have any advice or observations with comparisons of the places above? Should the Bay Islands be added to that list? Or Flower Garden Banks NMS?
> Many thanks in advance for your advice and time,
> Best wishes,
> Amber Maitland
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