This is the least explored region of Dominica. Traitorous waters
of the Atlantic make it a difficult region to survey. To date,
the exploration has focused on shallow near-shore environments
and specific sites rather than "stretches of shoreline".
of the high-energy environments, benthic communities generally
cover very little (less than 1 %) of the the rocky shelf, at least
in waters up to 40 meters. Only where geographic features like
coves, secluded bays and small islands, dissipate the strength
of waves, are larger animals and plants with erect growth forms
able to permanently attach themselves to the sea floor.
reefs are well developed in at Middle Bay and Panto Hole
Marigot, Anse Quanery or St. David's Bay
of Castle Bruce and Grand
Marigot Bay by Saint Sauveur. All of these bays are facing North
and are slightly protected from the Atlantic surge by small islands
or rocky outcrops. As in the North, A. palmata was an important
framework builder of theses structures but its live cover is currently
alteration in recent years (2002 - 2006) include the burying of
coral habitats (Marigot) and reefs (Saint Sauveur).
each of the following areas /sites, colored dots (see key below
map) mark the presence of specific habitats baring sessile epibenthic
areas/sites are: 1. Melville Hall River to Pagua Bay (S);
2. Pagua Bay (S) Anse Quanery or St. David's Bay (S); 3. Anse
Quanery or St. David's Bay to Grand Marigot Bay, Saint Sauveur;
4. Saint Sauveur to Delices, Mulatre River.