Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity


The Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) ( program is a network of marine laboratories, parks, and reserves in 13 islands and 9 mainland countries throughout the Caribbean basin. Member laboratories monitor physical parameters, coral reefs, mangroves, and grassbeds using a common protocol to provide data for long-term comparative studies of biodiversity and productivity in Carribbran coastal ecosystems.
STRI ESP has been actively working with CARICOMP since the mid 1990's and has contributed data since 1999. The ESP monitors three sites (coral, reef, and mangrove) using the Level 1 protocols in the Methods Manual (link -  near the main laboratory in Bocas del Toro. ESP data collected for this program should be obtained through the CARICOMP Data Management Center. (link -