Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs

Status and Trends IUCN

In collaboration with coral reef managers and scientists representing all reef-adjacent countries within the Caribbean, I helped to create and analyze a reef survey database to produce the most comprehensive picture of the long-term status and trends of Caribbean coral reef ecosystems to date (https://portals.iucn.org/library/efiles/documents/2014-019.pdf). This report generated extensive interest within local management agencies and directly contributed to the special protection of parrotfish in several countries.

Two publications are currently pending from the analysis of this extensive database:

  • Regulation of local impacts increases ecological resilience of Caribbean coral reefs
  • Local anthropogenic stressors and the mid-20th century decline of Caribbean acroporid corals