Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.

Faculty Advisor

Miller, Fabienne

Project Center

Puerto Rico


The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources in Puerto Rico has installed 290 mooring buoys in sensitive benthic habitats (coral reef, seagrasses, and mangroves) in order to curb damage caused by anchoring vessels. The team analyzed a collection of aerial photographs of popular keys to determine tendencies of boat-securing methods, specifically mooring buoy utilization. Onsite observations were conducted at the photographed areas to verify the photographic data and further observe behaviors. A standardized survey was also administered to the nautical community to determine their knowledge, habits, and opinions towards the mooring buoy system. Results were analyzed to determine reasons behind boating behaviors and draw recommendations on how to improve those behaviors.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department