Point-intercept substrate research 

The reef team is in charge of all things coral reefs, including a point intercept focus on lagoon bottom substrates. This allows us to get a better determination of the health of the reef systems and characterize the lagoon, in general. 

We look for dead and live coral Bommies, as well as coral heads. We also note as to whether the bottom is sand or coral rubble. We then characterize the coral cover, including the type of algae or the species of coral. In addition, we measure the height of the Bommies from the lagoon bottom. 

All of this combined gives us an idea of the health of the reef and the lagoon. 


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