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U.S. Geological Survey biologists survey coral diseases in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Above: USGS biologists survey coral diseases in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Photograph by Caroline Rogers. [larger version]

The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have just released a final report on the National Parks and Caribbean Marine Reserves Research and Monitoring Workshop held in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, in July 2006. The workshop brought together 30 scientists and managers from the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Mexico, the Bahamas, Belize, St. Lucia, Barbados, Colombia, and the British Virgin Islands. Participants discussed research, monitoring, and management experiences with Marine Protected Areas in Florida and the Caribbean to identify opportunities for future research and monitoring in new marine reserves in Buck Island Reef National Monument, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, as well as in Virgin Islands National Park. One of the underlying themes of the workshop was the need to conduct research on the effectiveness of the new reserves in reversing substantial degradation of the coral reefs and changes in associated fish assemblages. Coral reefs in the Virgin Islands lost more than 50 percent of their living coral after a fall 2005 bleaching event and subsequent coral-disease outbreak. Another high priority for research is the degree of connectivity of the NPS reserves with other Marine Protected Areas in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean. The report is available from the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center (FISC) "Featured Science" Web page.

The full citation for the workshop report is:

Rogers, C.S., Davis, G.E., and McCreedy, Cliff, 2007, National Parks and Caribbean Marine Reserves Research and Monitoring Workshop; St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, July 11-13, 2006: Fort Collins, Colo., National Park Service Natural Resource Technical Report NPS/NRPC/WRD/NRTR-2007/015, 39 p.


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