Cahuita National Park, situated 35 km south of the city of Limón, has the largest fringing reef on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Its main outer reef, situated 1 km from the coast, arcs around the northern tip of Punta Cahuita, runs southeast about 5 km, and bends inshore towards Puerto Vargas. Several small patch reefs occur in the lagoon. There is also a small, 500m long inner reef (100 m from the coast) in front of Puerto Vargas Beach and some carbonate hardgrounds occur to the south of the main reef.
Benthos and Fish surveys were conducted in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park using AGRRA protocol 2.2 and are included in the Atoll Research Bulletin, No. 496, Status of Coral Reefs in the Western Atlantic, published 2003.
A RAPID ASSESSMENT AT CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, COSTA RICA
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