Description: This project is aimed at addressing two critical management-oriented questions: 1) What is the impact of coral reef rehabilitation on the ecosystem-level functions and resilience?; and 2) What are the impacts of land-based source pollution (LBSP) on the ecosystem level outcomes of coral reef restoration? This will be addressed this through long-term monitoring of four separate cohorts (0, 1, 2, 3 year-old) of out-planted Staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, colonies. Specifically, we will address temporal changes in several environmental parameters directly or potentially impacted by LBSP and climate change, and addressing impacts of ecological restoration on fish community structure, fish recruitment rates, fish and macro-invertebrate herbivore guilds, benthic community structure, and coral recruitment rates within the no-take Canal Luis Peña Natural Reserve, Culebra Island, PR.
Sponsor: Sea Grant College Program, Omnibus Proposals Program