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Smithsonian coral biodiversity survey of Panama's Pearl Islands
Date:7/7/2008

s "lacking concern for the fragility of the archipelago and island ecosystem functions. Whatever you do to an island affects the others. It's a chain-reaction."

The Marine Special Management Zone regulates fisheries, but not tourism. It protects coral reefs and mangroves and creates a framework for participatory governance of the area but does not regulate land use, although several of the forested islands have protected areas or are designated as reserves.

The authors recommend further study of the connectivitythe movement of marine organism and their offspring along the coastthat may be extremely important to the health of protected areas across the Tropical Eastern Pacific region.


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