RESULTS OF A BENTHIC SURVEY OF BAIXO SÃO JOÃO, PONTA DO OURO PARTIAL MARINE RESERVE, SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE
Baixo São João is a rocky massif in the northern section of the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, southern Mozambique. A benthic survey was conducted on the reef in July 2015 to investigate the merits of protecting it within a sanctuary. This involved point intercept analysis of photo-quadrat transects recorded in the northern, central and southern parts of the reef on the reef top and its inshore and offshore slopes. The coral community on the reef proved to be relatively rich and uniform within all reef zones, but with no unique or over-vulnerable species. Hard corals were predominant with a mean cover of 32.3%; the mean cover of soft corals was 12.8%. Little coral damage was evident and, despite not having any special attributes ...
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