Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Abstract

Coral reef restoration in the Caribbean region is a fairly new field. It recently gained popularity in response to the steady decline of Acroporid corals and the recognition that Caribbean coral reefs may not be able to recover naturally without some type of human intervention. In order to gain collective knowledge, opinions and lessons learned from various coral reef restoration scientists, practitioners, managers, etc. a large literary database containing approximately 120 references regarding coral reef restoration was developed along with a Caribbean Acropora projects database. From the Caribbean Acropora projects database, an interactive GIS map containing 69 individual project sites (each accompanied by its own data page) was also developed. Additionally, a coral reef restoration survey instrument was developed, disseminated among various reef restoration participants, and the results analyzed. Results of this study indicate that coral reef restoration can be a cost-effective coral reef management tool given the right circumstances. This includes the availability of sufficient funding as well as strong coral reef management plans in place in the form of enforced no-take marine protected areas, community-based management/stakeholder involvement, and public participation in the form of heightened awareness and education.

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Department: MAF

Location: Counterpart International

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