Title

Mapping of Benthic Habitats in Northern Safaga Bay (Red Sea, Egypt): A Tool for Proactive Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2000

Publication Title

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Keywords

Coral reefs, Tropical benthic habitats, Mapping, Coastal zone management, Environmental impacts, Red Sea

ISSN

1052-7613

Volume

10

Issue/No.

2

First Page

127

Last Page

140

Abstract

1. The spatial distribution of the most important subtidal habitats (coral reefs, coral carpets, seagrass meadows, sand with corals, macroids, mud, hardgrounds) and mangroves was mapped in northern Safaga Bay, Red Sea, Egypt. Coral communities were analysed separately for their ecological and spatial patterns. This, coupled with information about major current patterns in the bay, provides a framework on which to base impact predictions for planned developments or for those already underway.

2. Because the entire shoreline of northern Safaga Bay is earmarked for tourism development, the following impacts have already been observed and can be expected to worsen: dredging, coastal infilling, marina construction, alteration of inshore current patterns as a result of breakwater construction and eutrophication.

3. The maps of habitats could be used by management authorities to either license or forbid these activities in specific areas, thus avoiding damage to sensitive environments. Properly used, resource mapping is a powerful proactive management tool that allows resource managers to anticipate and avoid impacts at an early stage in the process.

Comments

©2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-6003-9324

ResearcherID

F-8807-2011

DOI

10.1002/(SICI)1099-0755(200003/04)10:2<127::AID-AQC401>3.0.CO;2-L

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