St. Eustatius Final Report: 2017

Photo credit: The Ocean Agency

Further studies into identifying the specific drivers of coral reef degradation and potential mitigation measures are needed to lessen the blow on these limited and fragile ecosystems.

Twenty sites across four monitoring zones of St. Eustatius’s marine ecosystem were assessed using the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Caribbean Initiative (GCRMN-Caribbean) guidelines between June and July 2017. The protocol extracted data that indicated the biomass of key fish species and overall reef health including but not limited to relative abundance of macroalgae and hard coral, coral disease prevalence, coral recruit density and water quality to name a few.