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Revista de Biología Tropical

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FORD, Marcia Creary; SMITH, Loureene Jones  and  GREEN, Sean O.. The results of long term coral reef monitoring at three locations in Jamaica: Monkey Island, “Gorgo City” and Southeast Cay. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2014, vol.62, suppl.3, pp.65-73. ISSN 0034-7744.

The global and regional impacts of climate change are having devastating consequences on the coral reef ecosystems of the Caribbean. Long term monitoring are important tool for assessing reef health. Monitoring was established in 2000 in the Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica. Following the pilot project, the program was institutionalized in Jamaica and monitoring was conducted on eight occasions from 2000 to 2010. Monkey Island and “Gorgo City” near Discovery Bay (both on the north coast) and Southeast Cay at Port Royal on the south coast were selected. Macroalgae dominated the benthic substrate. Monkey Island and “Gorgo City” had the highest coral cover. Porites astreoides, Montastraea spp., Porites porities, Siderastrea siderea, and Agaricia agaricites were the most common species. Data from this programme have been used in local and regional coral reef assessment and management initiatives.

Keywords : Discovery Bay; Portland; Port Royal; Jamaica; video monitoring; coral reefs; long term monitoring; climate change.

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