Richard Laydoo, Kurt Bonair and Gerard Alleng, “ Buccoo Reef and Bon Accord Lagoon, Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”,
Coastal Region and small island papers
, 3 (1998).2
IMA, “The formulation of a management plan for the Buccoo Reef Marine Park”, volume 2 Socioeconomic aspects, (Institute of Marine Affairs, 1994).
In 1998, Richard Laydoo, Kurt Bonair and Gerard Alleng authored a paper on the ecology and coralreef ecosystem of the Buccoo Reef and Bon Accord Lagoon in Tobago.
This paper, together with workundertaken by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) to formulate a management plan for the BuccooReef Marine Park,
provide the majority of information for the sections dealing with location, andbiodiversity.
The Buccoo Reef is located on the leeward southwest coast of Tobago between 11
08’N and 11
12’N latitudeand 60
40’W and 60
51’W longitude. Buccoo Reef comprises ve emergent fringing reefs, a shallow sandy
lagoon with a patchy distribution of coral communities, and an adjacent sheltered lagoon (Bon Accord Lagoon).Together these cover an area of 7km
The reef ats are generally characterized by narrow seaward reef crests and a more extensive back reef towardthe reef lagoon. Between the reef ats are sandy bottom channels, the widest and deepest is the Deep Channellocated between the Western and Northern Reefs. The fore reef is most extensive in the northern part of the reef system, and here it slopes to depths of 10 to 15m in depth. West of the reef ats the fore reef slopes to a depth
of 20m; to the east the fore reef slopes to a depth of 15m. The Bon Accord Lagoon is located to the south of the
Nylon Pool and to the west of the Eastern Reef Flat. The lagoon is poorly ushed, and the water in the lagoon
circulates every 2 to 5 days.
Adapted from Laydoo et al. (1998)Figure 1: Map of Buccoo Reef Ecosystem