The Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) Method

Makowski, C, Prekel, SE, Lybolt, MJ and Baron, RM (2009) The Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) Method. JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH, 25 2: 515-522. doi:10.2112/08-1123.1


Author Makowski, C
Prekel, SE
Lybolt, MJ
Baron, RM
Title The Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) Method
Journal name JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0749-0208
Publication date 2009-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2112/08-1123.1
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 515
End page 522
Total pages 8
Editor Charles W. Finkl Jr
Tracy Candelaria
Place of publication USA
Publisher Coastal Education & Research Foundation, Inc
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
0502 Environmental Science and Management
Abstract The Benthic Ecological Assessment for Marginal Reefs (BEAMR) method is a universal assessment procedure which helps to quantify the “health” condition of a coral reef habitat over time. Coral reefs, due to their complexity as an ecosystem, have presented problems in the past to marine researchers trying to assess the performance of the habitat through statistical evaluation. Previous methodologies such as the Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment method and the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity Program, while being useful, were created specifically for reefs within the Caribbean Sea and are biased toward one or two main indicator organisms (e.g., stony corals). However, given that most reefs worldwide are considered marginal habitats, which describes them as having an impoverished community condition with biogeographic limits, the BEAMR method offers a more comprehensive analysis of all benthic functional groups defining the reef. Assessments and analysis using the BEAMR method provide marine researchers with accurate in situ documentation of all aspects within benthic coral communities, allowing conservation managers to more effectively protect these marine habitats. Coral reef resources are under a constant threat from both human and natural forces, making habitat assessment protocols, such as the BEAMR method, an important tool in the worldwide conservation of coral reef communities.
Keyword Coral reefs
biological assessment
marine survey
coastal management
coral stress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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