Status of coral reefs southwest Puerto Rico

  title={Status of coral reefs southwest Puerto Rico},
  author={J W Morelock and W R Ramirez and Andy W. Bruckner and Milton Carlo},
Assessments of coral reefs off the west and south coasts of Puerto Rico, between Mayagüez and Ponce, were conducted over the last 20 years to determine the status and trends of important reef-building species. Species composition, abundance and cover of stony corals were determined from photoquadrats (0.7 m area) placed along 30 m transects that followed depth contours. Coral cover varied from more than 50% to less than 1% and has exhibited an accelerating decline over the 20 year study. The… CONTINUE READING

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