Port Honduras Marine Reserve

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Chapter 3. SITE DESCRIPTION

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Environmental monitoring by the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) informs an adaptive management approach within the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.

TIDE's monitoring program incorporates the following. Water quality (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and turbidity) is measured at 17 sites throughout PHMR (as well as additional sites in rivers upstream) on a monthly basis.

Strombus gigas and Panulirus argus populations are surveyed at 16 and 12 sites, respectively, at the start and end of the closed seasons.

Benthic cover, coral health and reef fish populations are assessed twice a year at eight sites. Seagrass beds (species percent cover, density, grass height, grazing evidence) are assessed at two sites on a quarterly basis and mangrove community structure and productivity are surveyed at one site on an annual basis.

Since January 2009, a fisheries stock assessment has been implemented for all finfish species, S. gigas and P. argus populations, utilizing catch landings at local markets in Punta Gorda and Monkey River and the Rio Grande Fisheries Cooperative in Punta Gorda.

Coral reef bleaching surveys are conducted when necessary in conjunction with the Belize Coral Reef Monitoring Network.

A comprehensive habitat mapping project using remote sensing and ground truthing is currently underway.

 

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)