SCUBA diver behavior, diver carrying capacity and its implications for sustainable reef management

Dr. Pelayo Rico Fernández and Dr. Antonella Rivera

Dive into our most recent study on dive site carrying capacity. “The results of this study highlight the critical importance of assessing diver carrying capacity to protect the reef. Various factors, including certification levels and lionfish spearfishing, influence this capacity. Scaling up these analyses across the region and reassessing them periodically is essential. This adaptive management approach enables informed decision-making, preventing the reef’s capacity from being exceeded, thereby mitigating potential damage and preserving the fragile marine environment.”  Dr. Antonella Rivera

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