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Free Content Biological Notes on Artificial Reefs in Jamaican Waters

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Studies of two artificial reefs on the south shelf of Jamaica suggest that diurnal herbivorous fish feed consistently on these reefs and were dominated by acanthurids and scarids. A considerable increase in species diversity was recorded up to 23 months for Jackson's Bay reef and after as little as 9 months for South Cay. Slightly larger fishes were observed at Jackson's Bay reef compared with those at the reef at South Cay. Small artificial reefs made of tires constructed by groups of fishermen are proving popular and they are being encouraged to create other artificial reefs that will function as fish sanctuaries.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1989-03-01

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