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GULF OF MEXICO CORAL REEF

PRELIMINARY REPORT CARD

 A Trinational Initiative 2019

CORAL REEFS are IMPORTANT!

The development of the preliminary Report Card is part of an initiative underwritten and led by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University -Corpus Christi and UNAM-Sisal. This workshop was partially funded with kind support from William Knox Holt Foundation. The report card was developed in a workshop held in Merida, Yucatan during November 14-15, 2019 with a total of 27 participants. We followed participatory methodologies to create a report card established by The Integration and Application Network (IAN) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Discussions at the meeting in Merida led to several important recommendations to:

 

1. Protect coral reef ecosystems in the GOM, and

2. Improve the ability to assess the health of these ecosystems in a standard way in the three participating countries

SUGGESTIONS INCLUDE:

· Support initiatives to restore, preserve, and protect coral reefs

· Reduce fossil fuel energy consumption, water pollution, and carbon emissions to reduce climate impacts.

· Increase education about coral reefs and the benefits they provide to society.

· Follow regulations on fishing closures and size limits on marine species.

· Include social, economic, cultural, and governance indicators to enable holistic coral reef health assessments.

· Standardize data collection across the region to enable comparable ecosystem health reporting.

Click below to read Report Cards online.

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Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Preliminary Report Card

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Arrecifes coralinos del Golfo de México

if you happen to have access to historical data on the different aspects of the GMx coral reef systems, or are interested on join and contribute to this initiative with participation on standardised monitoring programs on your reef system or any other support, please contact us.

Click to download the printable English and Spanish versions in high resolution.