ResourceDevelopment of interdisciplinary criteria to identify priority candidate no-take marine protected areas in Puerto Rico Integration of ecosystem-based and community-based models
This study clearly suggested that coral reef fish communities within ALCNR were showing unequivocal signs of crisis. Populations of the most significant fishery-targeted species were significantly depleted, apex predators were largely absent from most ree...
ResourceMonitoring of coral reef communities from natural reserves in Puerto Rico Isla Desecheo, Isla de Mona, Rincon, Guanica, Ponce, Caja de Muerto and Mayaguez, 2008-2009
During the present 2008-09 monitoring survey, live coral cover presented a pattern of mild increments relative to 2007-08 levels for most reef sites monitored, related in part to what appears to be a recuperation response of M. annularis. Differences were...
ResourcePlan de manejo de la Reserva Natural Canal de Luis Peña, Culebra, Puerto Rico
ResourceMonitoring of coral reef communities from natural reserves in Puerto Rico : Isla Desecheo, Rincon, Guanica, Ponce, Caja de Muerto, Vega Baja, Vieques and Mayaguez, 2010-2011
A total of 15 reefs from six Natural Reserves (Desecheo, Rincón, Mayaguéz, Guánica, Caja de Muerto, and Ponce) and two new additional sites (Vieques and Vega Baja) were included in the 2011 national coral reef monitoring program of Puerto Rico. Quantit...
ResourceFinal report : monitoring of coral reef communities from natural reserves in Puerto Rico, 2012-13
This is the final report corresponding to the 2012-13 annual survey of the Puerto Rico Coral Reef Monitoring Program, sponsored by NOAA and administered by the PR Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PRDNER). The monitoring program includes ...
ResourceCoral Reef Conservation and Management Program : final integrated document : literature review and legal framework, case study and recommendations
The Nature Conservancy organization recruited Estudios Técnicos, Inc. entity for drafting of a paper containing guidelines for the development of a Coral Reefs program in the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico [Department of ...
ResourceGenome-wide survey of single-nucleotide polymorphisms reveals fine-scale population structure and signs of selection in the threatened Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata
The advent of next-generation sequencing tools has made it possible to conduct fine-scale surveys of population differentiation and genome-wide scans for signatures of selection in non-model organisms. Such surveys are of particular importance in sharply ...
ResourceCommunity studies to determine the feasibility and expectations of marine protected area (MPA) management in Vieques, Puerto Rico
The project, via surveys and interviews, determined the community and visitor group expectations of and support for marine protected area (MPA) management in the offshore coral reefs and associated ecosystems off the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. Vieque...
ResourceStabilizing highly erodible sites in the Guánica Watershed : implementation and capacity building : final report
Watersheds in Puerto Rico are in need of erosion control and sediment stabilization techniques of erodible lands. These techniques can help minimize the amount of sediments and other pollutants entering the freshwater systems and eventually reaching the c...
ResourceExpanding conservations/sediment control practices in priority farm areas of the Guánica Bay : final comprehensive report
Historically, the Guánica Bay area was associated with some of the most extensive and healthy reef complexes in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, coral reefs worldwide have experienced an unprecedented decline over the past 30-40 years, some estimates suggest ...