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    anybody have a coral reef case study sheet document that i could have, can be on any coral reef in the world except the maldives. Just need it to be no longer than two sides of A4 and just have the key facts/threats about the area. For A2 EDEXCEL Geography

    Haven't got a sheet accessible for you but do some quick research on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

    Found this from a couple years ago on St Lucia; it does not read so well as it is in semi-note format answer to the question 'Explain how a named area of coral reef or mangrove is being managed' but it covers some general threats which apply to most reefs. Threats, stakeholders and zonation areas are in bold.

    You'll probably have to do a little extra research on it since this is a good case study to drop in but there's not enough material here to base a whole essay on.

    Hope this helps.


    Coral reefs require very specific conditions to flourish (e.g. light, shallow waters 25m in depth, temperature of 23–25˙, saline, well oxygenated water) and are biodiverse ecosystems found between the tropics.

    However they face several threats on a global scale – e.g. ocean acidification, global warming, coral bleaching, invasive species – as well as local threats e.g. careless tourism, pollution, reef mining, overfishing, and harmful fishing practices.

    St. Lucia is an island that has experienced conflict between its stakeholders (local fishermen, tourism industries, businesses, residents, environmentalists, tourists), and resolved how best to use the coastline.

    St Lucia’s SMMA Agency zoned the 11km coral reef stretch under threat into marine reserves, recreational reserves, yachting zones, fishing zones, and all purpose zones, in order to both protect and profit from the reefs. In addition to zoning, new regulations were put into practice to decrease the unsustainable exploitation of resources provided by the reef ecosystem.

    The marine reserves were strictly for the protection and scientific study of the ecosystem, and as such strict rules were enforced here. Additionally in order to reverse the damage done to the reefs, conservation schemes were started e.g. coral gardening (also happens in Fiji) to encourage the growth of new coral.

    Recreational zones had stricter rules for pollution and sedimentation, and there were more fines for careless tourism (e.g. breaking off coral). Yachting zones were in places with lower reef density or deeper reefs to minimise destruction.

    Fishing quotas were implemented and limited to those with passes e.g. locals who lived off subsistence farming / fishing / agriculture.

    Rarer species (endangered species and those native to St Lucia only) were put on a list of banned fish as a conservation effort. Heavy fines were implemented to prevent breach of rules. Alternatively, it was encouraged to fish for invasive species which had imbalanced the ecosystem.

    New efforts were made to increase the clean up of industrial waste (factory run off) and maintain water clarity.
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