About this book
First major synthesis for the region. The chapters were written either by scientists from the relevant countries or by those that know the area well. Reefs not documented in the past are described in detail here, including location maps. The natural and anthropogenic impacts affecting the reefs are presented, as well as sections on management, conservation and legislation in each country.
Part I Brazil: corals and coral reefs of Brazil, Z.M.A.N. Leao, R.K. Kikuchi, V. Testa. Part II Caribbean: the Cuban coral reefs, P.M. Alcolado, R. Claro-Madruga et al; the coral reefs of the Dominican Republic, F.X. Geraldes; Puertorican reefs - research synthesis, present threats and management perspectives, J.R. Garcia, J. Morelock, et al; the Atlantic coral reefs of Mexico, E. Jordan-Dahlgreen, R.E. Rodriguez-Martinez; coral reefs of Guatemala, A.C. Fonseca, E. Arrivillaga, A. Arrivillaga; the reefs of Belize, J. Gibson, J. Carter; Nicaragua's coral reefs - status, health and management strategies, J. Ryan, Y. Zapata; past, present and future of the coral reefs of the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, J. Cortes, C. Jimenez; Caribbean coral reefs of Panama - present status and future perspectives, H.M. Guzman; the Caribbean coral reefs of Colombia, J. Garzon-Ferreira, J.M. Diaz; the corals and coral reefs of Venezuela, E. Weil. Part III Eastern Pacific: coral reefs of the Pacific coast of Mexico, H. Reyes-Bonilla; corals and associated marine communities from El Salvador, H. Reyes-Bonilla, J.E. Barraza; corals and coral reefs of the Pacific of Costa Rica: history, research and status, J. Cortes, C. Jimenez; corals and coral reefs of the Pacific coast of Panama, J.L. Mate; corals and coral reefs of the Pacific coast of Colombia, F.A. Zapata, B. Vargas-Angel; coral communities and coral reefs of Ecuador, P.W. Glynn; reef-building coral communities of Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile P.W. Glynn, G.M. Wellington, et al.