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C. CRABBE, M. James. Evidence of initial coral community recovery at Discovery Bay on Jamaica’s North Coast. Rev. biol. trop [online]. 2014, vol.62, suppl.3, pp.346-349. ISSN 0034-7744.

Current challenges to coral reef sustainability include overfishing, destructive fishing practices, bleaching, acidification, sea-level rise, starfish, algae, agricultural run-off, coastal and resort development, pollution, diseases, invasive species and hurricanes. We used SCUBA belt transects to record coral cover and digital image analysis in the Dairy Bull Reef off the north coast of Jamaica and found that it is a positive example of how reefs can recover after major environmental disturbance. Live coral cover increased from 13±5% in 2006 to 31±7% in 2008, while live Acropora cervicornis increased from 2±2% in 2006 to 22±7% in 2008. Coral cover levels were maintained until 2012.

Keywords : hurricanes; bleaching; MPAs; climate change; global warming; Belize; Jamaica; amp.

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