St. Vincent & the Grenadines Survey
Caribbean Expedition: Survey 7
St. Vincent & the Grenadines is another island nation that will be surveyed under the banner of our 2013 Caribbean campaign. The island is relatively young and the volcanic sediment found here has so far prevented the development of extensive coral reefs which makes it an interesting place to survey. The volcanic nature of this island (and it's reefs) are something new to the team and they make for some very steep and stunning survey sites.
The World Resources Institute's Reefs at Risk analysis has found that all the 140 sq km of reefs within the waters of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to be threatened by human activities. The largest of these concerns is that of overfishing which threatens all reefs here. Coastal development was rated as threatening almost two-thirds, while marine-based pollution and sedimentation were estimated as threatening 30 and 15 percent, respectively.