Curaçao, located 60 km north of Venezuela, forms part of the leeward Netherlands Antilles. The small oceanic island (61 km long; 443 km² total) is surrounded by fringing coral reefs, which are better developed along the leeward coast. The shallow reef community, which begins 20 m to 250 m from the shoreline, consists of a terrace that slopes gradually seaward to 7-13 m depth and then slopes steeply to a sand terrace at 50-60 m.
Benthos and Fish surveys were conducted in Curaçao using AGRRA protocol 2.0 and are included in the Atoll Research Bulletin, No. 496, Status of Coral Reefs in the Western Atlantic, published 2003.
CONDITION OF CORAL REEFS OFF LESS DEVELOPED COASTLINES OF CURAÇAO
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