Scientists Find Vieques’ Marine Ecosystems in Similar Condition as Other Areas of the U.S. Caribbean
The marine environment of Vieques, Puerto Rico appears to be less impacted by human activities than expected, according to researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) on June 4. Despite 62 years of U.S. Navy activities, including live bombing exercises around much of the island, contamination of coastal sediments and corals was generally low, and fish populations and coral reefs are in a condition similar to areas elsewhere in the region.
The study will serve as a baseline to compare with future studies as land-use practices and resource conditions around Vieques change. This study was a collaboration between NCCOS and the Office of Response and Restoration.