The greatest reef development in México is found in its Caribbean reefs which are principally of the fringing type. Extending for over 350 km along the coast of the state of Quintana Roo they comprise the northernmost part of the Mesoamerican Reef System which continues through the neighboring countries of Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The 20 coral reefs of the Veracruz Reef System are located within 22 km of the coast near the Port of Veracruz in the western Gulf of Mexico. The reefs developed on the continental shelf after the last glacial period some 9,000 to 10,000 years ago.
Benthos and Fish surveys were conducted in Mexico 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.
RAPID ASSESSMENT OF MÉXICO’S YUCATÁN REEF IN 1997 AND 1999
CONDITION OF CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS IN CENTRAL-SOUTHERN QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
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