Local Ecological Knowledge Provides Valuable Information for Improved Management of Coral Reefs in Puerto Rico
Researchers at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, supported by the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Science and funded through the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies-Caribbean, found that most data collected from local recreational SCUBA divers were consistent with existing scientific documentation.
A recently released report through the Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies recognizes recreational SCUBA divers as an important source of local ecological knowledge (LEK), aiding coral reef ecosystem assessments for improved management in Puerto Rico.
These data suggest that LEK be given equal significance and value in decision making processes. Furthermore, the incorporation of different forms of knowledge in management plans increases the chance of success and obtains more far-reaching support.