Abstract


MONITORING AND REPORTING ON REEF HEALTH AND MANAGEMENT IN THE MESOAMERICAN REEF

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative (HRI) is a collaboration of 65 partner organizations working to conserve the Mesoamerican Reef. HRI conducts biennial training courses and leads reef monitoring expeditions. There is an open access database and annual meeting to discuss conservation priorities and issues within the region. Data are used by partners for local management purposes and by HRI to produce popular user-friendly Report Cards on the health of the reef. These reports are used by a variety of stakeholders from top political officials to fishermen. They include reef management recommendations which are evaluated for their degree of implementation in national level and Eco-Audits.The 2015 Report Card surveyed 248 sites finding most reefs remain in poor (40%) or fair (34%) condition. The number in critical condition (17%) declined while the amount in good or very good remains 9%. Coral cover improved since 2006, increasing from 10%-16% cover; although fleshy macroalgae also increased. Key herbivorous fish continue to increase in numbers, and have been fully protected in most of the region. Commercial fish have increased in biomass, although large groupers are rare outside of the fully protected zones of marine reserves.The 2016 Eco-Audit measured increased implementation of management actions, with improvements in 27 recommended management actions. This adaptive management framework allows for collaborative monitoring and management at a variety of spatial scales and has become a valuable tool for catalyzing public awareness and reef management actions.

http://www.healthyreefs.org

Authors

McField, M. D., Smithsonian Institution, USA, mcfield@healthyreefs.org

Kramer, P. R., Healthy Reefs Initiative, USA, p_kramer@bellsouth.net

Drysdale, I., Healthy Reefs Initiative, Honduras, drysdale@healthyreefs.org

Rueda, M., Healthy Reefs Initiative, Mexico, rueda@healthyreefs.org

Pott, R., Healthy Reefs Initiative, Belize, Pott@healthyreefs.org

Giro, A., Healthy Reefs Initiative, Guatemala, giro@healthyreefs.org

Details

Oral presentation

Session #:65
Date: 06/23/2016
Time: 14:30
Location: 305 A/B

Presentation is given by student: No