Volume 71

In the Variety is the Pleasure: More Diversity of Morpho-functional Coral Groups in the Reef, More Snappers, More Tourism

Isabella González Gamboa;Adriana Santos Martínez;Yimy Herrera Martínez;Amílca Cupul Magaña
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Date: November, 2018

Pages: 21-23

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Andres Island

Country: Colombia


Reconciling economic interests (tourism and fishing) with the conservation of natural systems is a challenge; but it is the consolidation of the sustainable development paradigm. This study was carried out in order to establish the relationships between the corals and snapper taxonomic and functional structure on San Andrés Island. It was developed in tourism activity sites located in the Windward zone of the island during two years in rainy and drought season. The snappers were studied through visual censuses, and the coral coverages by carrying out 5 transects in each site. 96 Lutjanids were observed in which 69% were juveniles and 31% adults. A relationship was found between the development stage of fish and the morpho-functional structure of corals. Our results indicate that more complex reefs in their morpho-functional structure favor the abundance of juvenile, which is the most vulnerable snapper stages.

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