[Coral-List] Destructive Fishing Data Query

Katie Reytar KReytar at wri.org
Fri Feb 13 16:12:27 EST 2009

Dear Coral List: 


The Reefs at Risk project team at the World Resources Institute would
like help in collecting data on destructive fishing (poison and dynamite
fishing) to use in the new Reefs at Risk Revisited publication.  We are
already using data from Reef Check surveys, but would like to collect
additional data points for areas beyond Reef Check sites. Data
contributors will be clearly acknowledged in the Reefs at Risk Revisited


The data collection will be done online.  We have set up a method for
collecting these data using the "Draw Polygon" tool in Google Earth. If
you can identify an area of dynamite or poison fishing that falls
outside of a Reef Check survey site, then you can outline that area in
Google Earth and send us the shape file.  For orientation purposes, WRI
has created Google Earth layers for coral reefs (based on 2003 UNEP-WCMC
data) and Reef Check dynamite and poison fishing locations, which are
available for download via the link referenced below.


Easy-to-follow instructions for identifying areas of destructive fishing
in Google Earth are available at this link:


Additionally, here is more information about the Reefs at Risk project--

"Reefs at Risk Revisited" is an update of the 1998 global analysis
"Reefs at Risk: A Map-Based Indicator of Threats to the World's Coral
Reefs"  and is scheduled to be released in mid 2010.  It will feature
analyses based on new, high-resolution data and improved modeling
methods, and will include climate-related threats to coral reefs.  The
project is led by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in collaboration
with the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), UNEP-WCMC, and
the WorldFish Center, as well as many partner organizations.  A flyer
with additional project information can be found at the following link:


Questions about this request for data can be directed to Katie Reytar
(kreytar at wri.org) or Lauretta Burke (Lauretta at wri.org).  

Thank you,
Katie Reytar
Research Associate
World Resources Institute
10 G Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Office: 202-729-7653
Fax: 202-729-7798
kreytar at wri.org <mailto:kreytar at wri.org>  




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