GVI Mexico, Pez MayaGVI
data used for Healthy Reef for Healthy People Report Card
In Mexico volunteers come to not only learn about the marine ecosystem but to gatherdata on the health of the reef. From fish and coral biodiversity to fish biomass, coraldiseases and algae abundance, the data that the volunteers collect is really important to
know how the reef ecosystems are on the north portion of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere
Reserve.Healthy Reef for Healthy people is an international initiative that produces user-friendlytools to measure, track and report on the health of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System(MBRS). Their purpose is to contribute to improve the management of this importantecosystem.Gathering all the data from the different regions of the MBRS, they generate report cardson the reef health, followed up with biennialEco-audits that evaluate the implementation of the recommended management actions. Thesereports highlight three sections: existing andemerging threats to the reef health, assessmentof the state of the reef and social context,highlights of reef conservation actions across theregion, and some recommendations on how tohave healthy reefs for healthy people.
Amigos de Sian Ka’an/GVI’s data, gathered by
allthe volunteers that participated in the MarineConservation Expedition in Pez Maya andMahahual in 2011 and 2012, was used on thelast report presented in December 2012. Along
with Amigos de Sian Ka’an staff, the data was
analyzed and sent to be part of this report.
monitoring sites were part of the 68 sites monitored along the Quintana Roo coast.The analysis showed that 30% of the reefs around the area are in critical state, 40% inpoor condition, 25% fair and only 5% are in good state. Therefore the need to continueworking towards the conservation and recovery of this fragile and important ecosystem.
Figure 1 Report card 2012