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Acknowledgements This project represents the culmination of the fifth coral reef research mission completed during the Global Reef Expedition (GRE). It could never have been completed without the leadership, vision, and generosity of His Royal Highness Prince Khaled bin Sultan. We are deeply appreciative of his financial support and for the generous use of his research vessel, M/Y Golden Shadow. His vision of Science Without BordersÂŽ was materialized in the research mission to Jamaica through the partnerships and involvement by The Nature Conservancy, Jamaica, the University of West Indies and Discovery Bay Marine Lab, and multiple government agencies in Jamaica. These local affiliates worked side by side with KSLOF staff, KSLOF fellows, and internationally renowned coral reef scientists. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the critical role played by the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries; Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries; National Environment and Planning Agency; and Natural Resource Management and Environmental Planning Department (NRMEP) within the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). Special thanks to Ms. Andrea Donaldson (NEPA) for her assistance with the permitting process. We are also grateful for the support provided by Permanent Secretary Ambassador Evadnie Coye. My deepest gratitude is due to the capable officers and crew of the M/Y Golden Shadow. It is their hard work, motivation and perseverance that drives the research, and makes each day run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. They are responsible for getting us safely to our research sites and conducting all logistical operations of the dive and research vessels. They ensure that each researcher has access to the study sites and proper working tools and equipment needed to complete the work, and have highly capable engineers and electricians that seamlessly repair and fabricate gear when we run into complications. Behind the scenes, the crew works at all hours to support scientists and make each of us feel part of the family, from the excellent meals, clean accommodations, and other comforts and needs of home. The Living Oceans Foundation appreciates the skill and dedication of the scientific divers that aided the Foundation in data collection, who were from the following institutions and organizations: Nova Southeastern University, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment, and Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Thanks especially to Nathalie Zenny, Llewelyn Meggs, Steve Schill, and Azra Blythe-Mallet for their contributions to this report. Extraordinary filming was conducted by videographer Ernie Kovacs and sound technician Jesse Williams. Special thanks to Ken Marks for assistance in collating the AGRRA data and summary statistics, Brian Beck and Joao Monteiro assisted with the multivariate statistics comparing fish structure, coral and benthic parameters. Photographs are by Andy Bruckner, Ken Marks, and Phil Renaud.

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Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Jamaica  

In March of 2012, scientists on the Global Reef Expedition set out to assess the community structure, health, and resilience of corals and c...

Global Reef Expedition Final Report: Jamaica  

In March of 2012, scientists on the Global Reef Expedition set out to assess the community structure, health, and resilience of corals and c...

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