Habitat diversity and biodiversity of the benthic seascapes of St. Eustatius

A.O. Debrot, E. Houtepen, H.W.G. Meesters, I.J.M. van Beek, T. Timmer, E. Boman, M. de Graaf, E.M. Dijkman, E.R. Hunting, D.L. Ballantine

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Abstract

Quantitative habitat mapping and description form the basis for understanding the provisioning of ecosystem services and habitat connectivity, and hence provide an essential underpinning for marine spatial planning, management and conservation. Including patch reef habitats, total hard coral-scape habitat for the St. Eustatius Marine Park amounted to about 19% of the area surveyed and about 475 ha of habitat. Sargassum reef habitat typically occurred at the seaward edge of communities dominated by hard coral growth.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Helder
PublisherIMARES
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameReport / IMARES Wageningen UR
PublisherIMARES
No.C078/14

Keywords

  • marine areas
  • habitats
  • monitoring
  • corals
  • zostera
  • inventories
  • sint eustatius

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