Gayle,Peter M. H.; Woodley,Jeremy D.
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Centre for Marine Sciences
Discovery Bay, Jamaica
CARICOMP: Caribbean coral reef, seagrass and mangrove site
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Coastal region and small island papers
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The CARICOMP site in Jamaica is located in waters adjacent to the Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory (DBML). A rocky shoreline supports a tangled mass of Rhizophora mangle adjacent to protected euryhaline waters. Mature beds of the seagrass Thalassia testudinum grow offshore in the lagoon behind the reef flat. The fringing coral reef is a spur-and-groove system on a narrow submarine shelf; it shows the effects of natural catastrophes and anthropogenic impacts. Daytime onshore northeasterly trade winds alternate with lighter, southerly, offshore land breezes at night. Human influences on the ecology of the area, which supports a small town, include terrestrial runoff from agricultural and residential developments, the activities of about one hundred fishermen based at two small fishing beaches, and the shipping of bauxite. Current research at DBML seeks to develop community-based management of fishery resources and to define the oceanography, water chemistry, and benthic processes of Discovery Bay.....