Faculty Advisor

Garvin, Ann

Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


Human activities have many harmful effects on marine ecosystems. The Fajardo area alone is home to seven marinas, over 40,000 boats, and many construction projects that damage marine environments around them. The goal of this project was to provide recommendations to minimize negative impacts on near shore marine corridors, defined as the interrelated, mangrove, seagrass, and coral reef habitats. To achieve this goal, we determined the major factors in marine corridor deterioration through interviews with fishermen, SCUBA divers, and members of the academic and scientific communities and analysis of fish catch data and remote sensing images. Using these data, we developed recommendations to alleviate impacts from land-based development, overfishing, and recreational overuse.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs