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Local action strategies (LAS) for coral reef conservation, 2011-2015 : Puerto Rico
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    Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ; Universidad Metropolitana (P.R.) ; Puerto Rico, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources,
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    "The Puerto Rico's local action strategy (LAS) constitutes the guideline that will be followed to address key issues and facilitate solutions for the conservation and protection of the coral reefs. It targets important and solvable issues with specific projects that are feasible and measurable. The Metropolitan University (UMET), was contracted by DNER to facilitate the process of developing the 2011 LAS for Puerto Rico. Dr. Álida Ortiz-Sotomayor, with extensive education and field experience in the conservation of marine resources, was assigned as coordinator and responsible for the final document. There are environmental conditions present throughout Puerto Rico that affect coral reefs. The results of recent and ongoing research and monitoring activities on the coral reefs throughout the Island evidence notable deterioration of these ecosystems...The causes for this decline in coral reef live cover and general ecosystem health originate from human impacts of different sources, diseases and other natural stresses...Also, research shows a decrease in fishing activity in the Island...However, the decline of fisheries activities on coral reefs, have not alleviated the impact, due to the fact that an increase in sediment load from inland activities have increased in the past tend years thus maintaining a constant stress environment on all coastal ecosystems, specially on coral reefs...All four-priority areas, selected in 2010 for LAS application: Culebra, the North East Reserves, Cabo Rajo and Guánica, present evidence of these research findings. This will be reflected in the projects that have been proposed to address these issues in each area"--Introduction.

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