Coral Reefs of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories by S. Hamylton, S. Andréfouët (auth.), Charles R.C. Sheppard

By S. Hamylton, S. Andréfouët (auth.), Charles R.C. Sheppard (eds.)

The tropical united kingdom Territories have wide coral reefs. large elements of those parts are enormously wealthy, efficient and numerous. Their marine biodiversity exceeds that of the united kingdom itself, and several other are already, or are deliberate to be, strictly safe. a few of these parts function reference websites for lots of different international locations with broken reefs and they're oases of tropical marine biodiversity in a fast-degrading international. This e-book stories all the united kingdom reefs, from these scarcely recognized to these the place gigantic examine has already been played. ​

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This is a 70% decline in less than 20 years. At one site close to Forest Bay the decline was as high as 98%. Overall, reef fish populations have dropped by approximately a third. The 1990 study did not record fish size so biomass estimates are not possible. This situation is of significant concern because, even though White Band Disease reportedly began to affect Anguilla’s reef systems in 1976, the Bellairs study concluded that in 1990 there were a ‘variety of diverse and attractive marine habitats (which are) in relatively good condition, with little apparent impact from human activities’.

Gore) Fig. 6 The Baths (Credit S. Gore) Climate The BVI lie within the Northeast Trade Wind Zone where prevailing wind and waves approach from the east-north- east to southeast. Average wind direction varies throughout the year but generally, the predominant winds are from the east-northeast during the winter (December to February); east during the spring (March to May) and east to southeast during the summer and fall (June to November). 3 Introduction to Reefs and Shorelines of the British Virgin Islands 27 Fig.

The United States Coral Reef Task Force recognized the NPTVI in 2006 when it was awarded a Coral Reef Task Force award for its efforts to improve the management of marine resources in the BVI through the development of a network of marine protected areas with use of sound science and stakeholder input, the development of strong partnerships, and a commitment to multilateral environmental agreements. Designing the MPA Network The network of marine protected areas in the BVI was designed by the NPTVI, in collaboration with CFD and other partners as part of an Overseas Territories Environment Programme (OTEP) funded project entitled, ‘Assessment and Improved Management of New and Existing Marine Protected Areas in the British Virgin Islands’ (2004–2006).

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