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Coastal & Corals Marine Habitats Maps New Technology

Dominican Republic has become the first Island in the Caribbean to use technology for maps of corals & coastal marine habitats.

The images that make up this series of maps cover near-shore habitats within the approximately 7,500 square kilometers of the Southeast Reef Marine Sanctuary area. This information will serve as a baseline to monitor the survival of transplanted corals, observe how they can be affected by climate change and measure the impact of hurricanes.


With the information available to guide conservation efforts, the Dominican Republic became the first country in the Caribbean to use this type of technology, with maps that are guiding corals restoration activities on the southeast coast. The sensors equipped on the GAO plane capture hundreds of bands of light more than a common camera, and reveal details that cannot be seen from the sea surface. With these images, the depth in the sea can be measured and analyzed up to a maximum of 15 meters, coverage of live corals, suitable habitats for fish, presence of algae, and more attributes.


A pioneer initiative promoted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) environmental conservation organization and the Global Airborne Observatory (GAO), in collaboration with Fundación Grupo Puntacana (FGPC), the Dominican Foundation for Marine Studies ( Fundemar ) and the Dominican Reef Network (RAD ), who presented the new maps, composed of high-resolution images and three-dimensional models of the seafloor.

Every day we make more efforts to conserve corals and all our natural resources, so the Dominican Republic will always be a unique paradise in the heart of the Caribbean.

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