Eastern Tropical Pacific

Photo credit: The Ocean Agency

Contact

Héctor Reyes-Bonilla

Countries included

México, France (Clipperton Atoll), Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile (Rapa Nui).

Governance

The interim governance structure includes a key contact person (Héctor Reyes) for the ETP node and country representatives to liaise with ICRI representatives and other researchers in their respective regions, including: Costa Rica (Juan José Alvarado, Univ. Costa Rica), Colombia (Fernando Zapata, Univ. de Valle), and Ecuador (Fernando Rivera, NAZCA Institute).  Elements of the draft plan are presently being compiled to present to ICRI representatives at the next working group meeting for endorsement.

Activities

Compilation of remaining data sets for the region is being finalised for the regional analysis and to provide to country experts for country chapters.  As part of the formalisation of the ETP node, further engagement with data contributors will be made to obtain complementary information and disseminate preliminary results.  Early career researchers are continuing to be involved in the data formatting and integration.

Main results/accomplishments

To date, the key accomplishments include: i) the construction of a regional database for coral and macroalgal cover, reef fish abundance, and mobile invertebrates; ii) a workshop with regional experts to validate the data compiled and identify gaps; iii) draft proposal for the formation of the GCRMN ETP node, including interim governance structure, and; iv) training course on methods and analyses for coral reef monitoring with early career researchers from the region.