Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science
Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2017, Pages: 85-89
Received: Aug. 22, 2017;
Accepted: Oct. 16, 2017;
Published: Nov. 29, 2017
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Shaker Hamza Alhazeem, Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources Program, Environment and Life Sciences Research Centre, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, AlSalmyah, Kuwait
John A. Burt, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Adel Hasan Alsaffar, Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources Program, Environment and Life Sciences Research Centre, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, AlSalmyah, Kuwait
Weizhong Chen, Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources Program, Environment and Life Sciences Research Centre, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, AlSalmyah, Kuwait
Mohammad Abdulla Al-Kandari, Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Resources Program, Environment and Life Sciences Research Centre, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, AlSalmyah, Kuwait
Coral reefs in Kuwait occur at high latitude (29 N) and in in extreme environmental conditions (SST range: 13°C to 32°C, annually), and have been subject to chronic anthropogenic pressure in recent decades (recurrent bleaching, oil spills, chronic recreational anchoring and diving impacts). We surveyed coral communities at six sites around Kubbar Island in 2015 and compared these to quantitative survey results collected at the same sites 31 years earlier (1984) as well as to results from several sites resurveyed a decade ago (2003) in order to characterize changes in coral community structure in this marginal reef environment. Mean coral cover was 25% in 2015 compared with 34% in 1984, but declines in coral cover were significant at only one site. The decline in coral cover at this single site was mainly due to a >80% loss of formerly dominant Acropora, and a concomitant shift towards a lower cover community dominated by massive corals. A total of 13 coral genera were observed across sites, comparable to the 12 observed in 1984 and the 13 observed in 2003. Overall, the results of this study indicate a high degree of long term stability in coral community structure in the marginal and heavily disturbed environment of northern Kuwait.
Shaker Hamza Alhazeem,
John A. Burt,
Adel Hasan Alsaffar,
Mohammad Abdulla Al-Kandari,
Long-Term Coral Community Stability in a Disturbed Marginal Reef in Kuwait, Journal of Water Resources and Ocean Science.
Vol. 6, No. 6,
2017, pp. 85-89.
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