Comparison of two reef sites on the north coast of Jamaica over a 15-year period

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622285
Title:
Comparison of two reef sites on the north coast of Jamaica over a 15-year period
Authors:
Crabbe, M. James C. ( 0000-0003-3609-1963 )
Abstract:
This paper compares two reef sites near Discovery Bay, Jamaica, Dairy Bull and Dancing Lady, from 2000 to 2015. At Dairy Bull reef, with low macroalgal cover (8% in 2002 falling to 1% in 2015) and significant number of Diadema antillarum urchins (c. 5 m−2), live coral cover increased from 13% ± 5% in 2006 after the bleaching event in 2005, to 31% ± 7% in 2008, while live Acropora cervicornis increased from 2% ± 2% in 2006 to 28% ± 5% in 2015. Coral cover levels were at least maintained until 2015, owing mostly to a slight increase in A. cervicornis. Dancing Lady reef however was dominated by macroalgae throughout this period (cover of c. 76% ± 7%), with no D. antillarum and showed little decrease in the already low (6% ± 1%) coral cover in 2005. Growth rates for Siderastrea siderea were similar for both sites (7 mm∙yr−1), while growth rates of A. cervicornis and A. palmata were 120.0 ± 30 mm∙yr−1 and 71.0 ± 29 mm∙yr−1 respectively at Dairy Bull in 2015. At Dancing Lady reef, A. cervicornis colonies which were present from 2003 to 2005 had disappeared in 2006, possibly as a result of the mass bleaching event. It appears that A. cervicornis was the most impacted species during the 2005 bleaching event, but was also the species that recovered fastest after its decline at Dairy Bull.
Affiliation:
University of Oxford; University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Crabbe M.J.C. (2016) 'Comparison of two reef sites on the north coast of Jamaica over a 15-year period', American Journal of Climate Change, 5 (1), pp.2-7.
Publisher:
Scientific Research Publishing
Journal:
American Journal of Climate Change
Issue Date:
12-Mar-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622285
DOI:
10.4236/ajcc.2016.51002
Additional Links:
https://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=64216
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2167-9495
Appears in Collections:
Biomedical and biological science

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dc.contributor.authorCrabbe, M. James C.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-16T10:28:55Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-16T10:28:55Z-
dc.date.issued2016-03-12-
dc.identifier.citationCrabbe M.J.C. (2016) 'Comparison of two reef sites on the north coast of Jamaica over a 15-year period', American Journal of Climate Change, 5 (1), pp.2-7.en
dc.identifier.issn2167-9495-
dc.identifier.doi10.4236/ajcc.2016.51002-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622285-
dc.description.abstractThis paper compares two reef sites near Discovery Bay, Jamaica, Dairy Bull and Dancing Lady, from 2000 to 2015. At Dairy Bull reef, with low macroalgal cover (8% in 2002 falling to 1% in 2015) and significant number of Diadema antillarum urchins (c. 5 m−2), live coral cover increased from 13% ± 5% in 2006 after the bleaching event in 2005, to 31% ± 7% in 2008, while live Acropora cervicornis increased from 2% ± 2% in 2006 to 28% ± 5% in 2015. Coral cover levels were at least maintained until 2015, owing mostly to a slight increase in A. cervicornis. Dancing Lady reef however was dominated by macroalgae throughout this period (cover of c. 76% ± 7%), with no D. antillarum and showed little decrease in the already low (6% ± 1%) coral cover in 2005. Growth rates for Siderastrea siderea were similar for both sites (7 mm∙yr−1), while growth rates of A. cervicornis and A. palmata were 120.0 ± 30 mm∙yr−1 and 71.0 ± 29 mm∙yr−1 respectively at Dairy Bull in 2015. At Dancing Lady reef, A. cervicornis colonies which were present from 2003 to 2005 had disappeared in 2006, possibly as a result of the mass bleaching event. It appears that A. cervicornis was the most impacted species during the 2005 bleaching event, but was also the species that recovered fastest after its decline at Dairy Bull.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherScientific Research Publishingen
dc.relation.urlhttps://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=64216en
dc.rightsGreen - can archive pre-print and post-print or publisher's version/PDF-
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectcoralen
dc.subjectcoral reefsen
dc.subjectJamaicaen
dc.subjectD447 Environmental Conservationen
dc.titleComparison of two reef sites on the north coast of Jamaica over a 15-year perioden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Oxforden
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Journal of Climate Changeen
dc.date.updated2017-10-16T09:59:11Z-
dc.description.noteopen access-
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