Coral Reefs of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories
The tropical UK Territories have extensive coral reefs. Huge parts of these areas are exceptionally rich, productive and diverse. Their marine biodiversity exceeds that of the UK itself, and several are already, or are planned to be, strictly protected. Some of these areas serve as reference sites for many other countries with damaged reefs and they are oases of tropical marine biodiversity in a fast-degrading world. This book reviews all of the UK reefs, from those scarcely known to those where substantial research has already been performed.
This volume presents new and successful management methods for threatened marine ecosystems A description of the importance and immense biological wealth of these coral reefs Aspects such as geology, oceanography, climate, biogeography, biodiversity, connectivity and pollution are detailed Distinctly presents reefs and deep-water coral communities (taxonomy), marine protected areas and status of coral reef fish assemblages