Status of Curaçao’s Reefs: 2017

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‘As of 2010, live coral cover on Curaçao’s reefs was assessed to be 23.2%, with a coral diversity of 65 species.’

These reefs, considered some of the healthiest and most diverse in the Wider Caribbean Region, have long supported the island’s fishing industry and in recent decades have been the foundation for Curaçao’s lucrative marine tourism industry. A number of studies have however highlighted the significant shift that the island’s coral reef communities have gone through over the past four decades, with a sharp decline in both coral cover and fish biomass.

The full Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance BioNews issue 4 can be found here.