Diagnosis of strategic ecosystems

Rapid diagnosis of strategic ecosystems to the works of the Port Society Graneles del Golfo S.A., Gulf of Morrosquillo, Province of Córdoba, 2013.

The execution of marine and coastal infrastructure works for the development of industrial activities, must be based in the fulfillment of requirements made by the colombian environmental authority, such as the base line characterization of ecosystems and related biological communities, along with the corresponding environmental impact assessment (EIA).

In order to complement the gaps in information about the marine ecosystems in the area and generate part of the inputs for the EIA,  it was performed a secondary bibliographic review for seagrass bed, benthic and rocky littoral ecosystems, as well as in phytoplankton, zooplankton and fishing communities. On the other hand, a rapid diagnosis of coral reefs ecosystems was made, with the assessment of fishes assemblages and the coverage of reef benthic component.

Finally, it was established the possible impacts of the activities related with infrastructure works, alternatives for minimize their effects, as well as recommendations for management and monitoring plans.