ITME - Marine Habitats of Dominica Version 2008

For the purpose of this overview, the coastal marine habitats of Dominica have been classified into the following categories:

  SEAGRASS BEDS

Seagrass Beds are the largest organism-built habitats of Dominica. They are well established along the west coast and the back reef areas of the North and East coast.
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  TRUE CORAL REEFS
Fringing Reefs in shallow waters (< 5m) close to shore. Primarily found along the the north and east coast.
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Fringing Reefs in deeper waters (> 5 m) off shore. Primarily found along the north coast and the central region of the west coast.
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Oligospecific Assemblages: primarily found in waters deeper than 5 m, along the west coast. The largest intact areas in along the west coast central region.
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  OTHER CORAL HABITATS

The hard substrates which corals and other sessile reef organisms need to attach themselves, often come in the form of isolated large rocks or boulders that are not toppled during storms, here called unconsolidated rocks.
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Another coral habitat is built by rocks (mostly rounded, originating from from beaches or river beds), that have been cemented together by calcareous organisms thus forming reef-like substrates, here called consolidated rocks.
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  MANGALS

Mangals encompass mangrove stands and the associated flora and fauna. As intertidal community of emergent vascular plats, mangroves also require comparatively calm coastal waters to establish themselves. This parameter is not characteristic of Dominica and so Mangroves are only found at two isolated sites.
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