Commonwealth of Dominica: Coral Reef Report Card 2016

Jun 03, 2016
  • Description

The 2016 Coral Reef Report Cards The Eastern Caribbean Seascape is an arc of islands linked through diverse coral reef ecosystems, oceanic currents, migratory pathways and a rich cultural heritage. The Eastern Caribbean Coral Reef Report Cards are a series of individual reports for the 6 participating countries and provide an easy-to-understand summary of the state of the region's marine resources. The Report Cards collate data from 277 comparable coral reef surveys and map in detail 383 km2 of coral reefs, 19 km2 of mangrove, 286 km2 of seagrass, 44 designated and 50 proposed Marine Managed Areas (MMA). The Report Cards provide an initial baseline on the current state of the reef and identify gaps. Reporting this type of information will help track progress in protecting reefs and inform future monitoring and management. The vision is to produce report cards every 2 years and share data through the CaribNode regional spatial data platform. Future report cards will include key socioeconomic and management effectiveness information. Each Report Card includes information on:

* Key Habitats (location and extent of coral, mangrove, seagrass)

* Reef Health Index (a measure of the health of four key coral reef indicators)

* Marine Managed Areas (size and location of designated and proposed areas)