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Status of Coral Reefs of Little Cayman, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, British West Indies, in 1999 and 2000 (Part 1: Stony Corals and Algae)
Atoll Research Bulletin
  • Joshua S. Feingold, Nova Southeastern University
  • Susan L. Thornton, Nova Southeastern University
  • Kenneth Banks, Department of Planning and Environmental Protection, Broward County
  • Nancy J. Gasman, Department of Planning and Environmental Protection - Broward County
  • David S. Gilliam, Nova Southeastern University
  • Pamela J. Fletcher, Department of Planning and Environmental Protection - Broward County
  • Christian L. Avila, Nova Southeastern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2003
Peer Reviewed
0
Abstract
A benthic assessment of the isolated Cayman Islands was completed at 42 sites. Major changes in the reef community structure were documented by comparison with earlier studies. Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis, once abundant as shallow framework builders, were uncommon. Diseased stony corals were seen in >90% of the study sites, with the highest averages in Little Cayman, especially at Bloody Bay which is one of the most highly regulated marine parks in the Cayman Islands. The Montastraea annularis species complex accounted for two-thirds of the diseased corals which, along with other massive species, were affected largely by white-plague disease. Recent partial-colony mortality was particularly high in Grand Cayman. However, small- to intermediate-sized (<1.5 m diameter) colonies and recruits of reef framework builders (including the M. annularis complex) suggest a strong potential for population regeneration. Algal competition generally did not appear to be a problem for stony corals, and bleaching was insignificant, yet more prevalent, in the deeper (>10 m) sites.
Comments

This project was funded and assisted by the Caribbean Environment Programme of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation, the National Coral Reef Institute at Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center and the Nova Southeastern University Farqhar Center for Undergraduate Studies. The AGRRA Organizing Committee facilitated financial support as described in the Forward to this volume

ORCID ID
0000-0002-6003-9324
ResearcherID
F-8807-2011
Citation Information
Joshua S. Feingold, Susan L. Thornton, Kenneth Banks, Nancy J. Gasman, et al.. "Status of Coral Reefs of Little Cayman, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, British West Indies, in 1999 and 2000 (Part 1: Stony Corals and Algae)" Atoll Research Bulletin Vol. 496 Iss. 11 (2003) p. 204 - 225 ISSN: 0077-5630
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joshua-feingold/1/