Seaflower Marine Protected Area

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Chapter 3. SITE DESCRIPTION

h - Information and knowledge

Information and knowledge available


Despite being located within the Western Caribbean Coral Reef Hotspot, one of the world’s top ten regions exceptionally rich in marine species and facing extreme threat, the significant tropical ecosystems of Seaflower have received little scientific attention, except for narrow targeted research. Available information does, however, indicate a wide diversity of fish and marine invertebrates. Seaflower exhibits the highest octocoral species diversity found in the Western Caribbean, and fish and coral diversity comparable to sites outside the Caribbean. Seaflower is also an important site for turtle nesting, seabird breeding and, being at the edge of the western flyway, it is a significant stopover site for 130 migrant bird species.

List of the main publications


Title Author Year Editor / review

Briefly indicate in the chart if any regular monitoring is performed and for what groups/species

Species / group monitored
(give the scientific name)
Frequency of monitoring
(annual / biannual / etc...)
Comments
(In particular, you can describe here the monitoring methods that are used)