The 1997 International Year of the Reef sees the release of ReefBase 2.0: a global database on coral reefs and their resources. It provides the most comprehensive and accessible repository of information to date. Containing information on over 7000 coral reefs in more than 123 countries, ReefBase 2.0 offers an extensive range of time-related data pertaining to coastal tourism, benthic environment ecology, fish population statistics, oceanography, socioeconomics, mariculture, and harvest activities. It also outlines the stresses causing reef degradation as well as management initiatives.
The degradation of coral reefs has become an issue of global concern. Assessment of the status of coral reefs worldwide requires more empirical information on the location and extent of these biologically and economically important resources. In this paper, the authors propose an international program to mobilize technological resources in support of a Global Inventory of Coral Reefs (GICOR).
The principal objective of this conference was to mobilize action in support of coral reef conservation and management. The best available information on the status of coral reefs worldwide tells us that reefs are in decline or threatened over a large part of their distribution. The conference revolves around three major themes dealing with destructive use of coral reef resources. These include reef-destructive fishing, such as blast fishing, muro ami, cyanide and other poison fishing used in the live aquarium and food fish trades.
A flyer to describe the ReefBase website which contains extensive information related to the status, use, management and knowledge of reef resources in the Pacific region both in English and French.
This second version of ReefBase contains information on more than 7,000 coral reefs, ecological information on corals and fish; reef stresses data; mariculture and coral reef fisheries production; dive tourism information; management practices and legislation; maps covering known coral reefs in 118 countries and island states; aerial, underwater and terrestrial pictures of coral reefs; their use and misuse; indexes of over 1,600 experts, monitoring programs and institutions involved in coral reef research and a dictionary of common terms in the study of coral reefs.
ReefBase a global database of coral reefs systems and their resources was initiated at International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), Philippines in November 1993. The CEC has provided funding for the first two years and the database was developed in collaboration with the World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, as well as other national, regional, and international institutions. The ReefBase project activities and what ICLARM will do to accomplish the project objectives are briefly discussed.
One of the most popular sections of the ReefBase website is the online GIS that enables users to create an almost unlimited range of maps showing a wide variety of features. A new version of the GIS, offering an even larger array of facilities and data layers, is online as of early September. In this article, we will provide an introduction to the ReefBase GIS and also highlight some of the powerful but lesser used features of the system.
This fact sheet highlights ReefBase, an award-winning online global information system designed to facilitate research on, and the management of, coral reefs to enhance their protection. Launched in 2002, ReefBase was developed by The Worldfish Center in collaboration with the International Coral Reef Action Network and strongly supports The WorldFish mission to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.