Coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) are extremely important for the economy of Mexico, United States and Cuba. Reefs in the region also provide many ecosystem services such as commercial fisheries, recreation and hold vast biological diversity.
The preliminary Report Card on the Coral Reefs of the Gulf of Mexico is a trinational (Mexico, Cuba, USA) effort to design best practices for monitoring, and to implement long time series of observations.The objectives are to ensure comparability, understanding of regional trends and causes, and support conservation and management decisions at the scale of the Caribbean Basin and Gulf of Mexico.
This is an initiative underwritten and led by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi) and UNAM-Sisal, with the kind support from the William Knox Holt Foundation, and the Integration and Application Network (IAN) from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. This collaboration involves more than 22 institutions.
Check the report card and video here!
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