Peet, R. Creighton
San Juan, Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
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
Interactive Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering