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A Rapid Marine Biodiversity Assessment of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea--Survey II (2000)

RAP 29

Based on Conservation International’s successful terrestrial biological survey approach, the Marine Rapid Assessment Program’s goal is to rapidly generate and disseminate information on coastal and near-shore shallow-water marine biodiversity. Its surveys yield appropriate and realistic recommendations for conservation—and have, at times, resulted in the finding of new species.

This marine assessment surveys the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province, which plays an integral role in sustaining coastal communities and represents an important component of the nation’s rich natural heritage. Until recently, this environment was under minimal stress, threatened only by a small human population. Now, however, there are increasing signs of habitat degradation due to land-based activities and over-harvesting of sedentary marine resources. Milne Bay Province contains some of the best examples of undisturbed coral reefs in the entire Coral Triangle region, making it vitally important for both government agencies and communities to respond to these threats.

172 pages | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 2003

Rapid Assessment Program

Biological Sciences: Ecology


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Table of Contents

Participants

Organizational Profiles

Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

Overview

Chapter 1
Corals of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Douglas Fenner

Chapter 2
Condition of coral reefs in Milne Bay Province
Gerald R. Allen, Pamela Seeto, and Tessa McGarry

Chapter 3
Molluscs of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Fred E. Wells and Jeff P. Kinch

Chapter 4
Reef Fishes of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Gerald R. Allen

Chapter 5
Living Coral Reef Resources of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Mark Allen, Jeff Kinch, and Tim Werner

Appendices

Appendix 1
List of coral species recorded at Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea during 2000 RAP survey
Douglas Fenner and Emre Turak

Appendix 2
Data for calculating the Reef Condition Index
Gerald R. Allen, Pamela Seeto, and Tessa McGarry

Appendix 3
Percentage of various substrata for Milne Bay survey sites
Gerald R. Allen, Pamela Seeto, and Tessa McGarry

Appendix 4
List of molluscs recorded at Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea during RAP surveys
Fred E. Wells

Appendix 5
List of the reef fishes of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Gerald R. Allen

Appendix 6
List of reef fish target species of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Mark Allen

Appendix 7
List of fishes caught by Brooker islanders using various techniques
Jeff P. Kinch

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