Sediment Contamination Report to Enhance Management of a Natural Reserve Area in Southwest Puerto Rico
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science released a report on sediment contamination for Southwest Puerto Rico that provides important baseline data which can support the sustained management of local marine resources. The report titled, “An Assessment of Chemical Contaminants in the Marine Sediments of Southwest Puerto Rico http://www.ccma.nos.noaa.gov/publications/southwestpuertorico.pdf presents the first in-depth characterization of chemical contamination for this part of Puerto Rico. The report also provides a preliminary analysis of the association between sediment contaminants and coral species richness, and an assessment framework that can be used to determine linkages between chemical contaminants and the condition of coral reefs. In this phase of the project, over 120 organic and inorganic contaminants were analyzed in the sediments collected. This popular tourist area has also been designated a Natural Reserve by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.