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The purpose of the national summary is to catalogue results of the preceding jurisdictional chapters into a common assessment framework and provide a broad measure of ecosystem status and response. In addition, this summary identifies key research, monitoring, and management needs that must be addressed in the future to ensure continued refinement of a robust and accurate assessment of the status of coral reef ecosystems. In order to incorporate the diverse information from mapping, monitoring, research, and management efforts, the framework provided here is qualitative. This summary data will form a basis for comparison with future assessments of coral reef ecosystem status. It is important to note that this information has not been developed for interjurisdictional comparisons; rather, it has been designed to track the status of coral reef ecosystems over time. To develop the jurisdiction chapters, writing teams were tasked with identifying, interpreting and summarizing the results of ongoing mapping, monitoring, research, and management activities. Although each team cast a broad net to gather such information, it is likely that some important activities were not identified and therefore are not represented in this report. Much of the information and all of the examples used in this summary chapter are drawn from the content of the jurisdictional chapters

Year: 2010
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