Using remote sensing to assess the design of the Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve at the seascape level

Scarus guacamaia , the rainbow parrotfish is known to be dependent upon mangroves with a high level of inter-habitat connectivity. This species is potentially critical as one of the few herbivorous fish species to feed on tall, erect fleshy macroalgae. Therefore, describing the relative connectivity of different mangrove areas will assist with the development of management strategies to aid the recovery of this and other ecologically significant species. The aim of this study is to use satellite images in combination with the principles described in Mumby, 2006 (with modified assumptions based upon local ecology) to create a plot of relative nursery habitat value for mangroves in Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, and interpret findings in terms of general and specific connectivity, enabling identification of "Mangrove with Critical Connectivity" areas.

ISCED Categories

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0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology", "0731 - Marine spatial planning