Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA

C. M. Eakin, J. S. Feingold, P. W. Glynn

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Abstract

From 1925-1985 a transshipping terminal and refinery on the SE coast of Aruba affected the nearshore marine ecosystem through both oil contamination at the harbor and tanker berths, and from disturbance related to shipping, dredging and construction. Reefs adjacent to the refinery exhibited low density and diversity of live corals and abundant dead coral rubble. Periods of construction in the inner harbor and on surrounding spoil islands and high refinery activity corresponded well with periods of reduced coral growth near the refinery. Observations suggest that sedimentation and other physical stress resulted in substantial reductions in environmental quality at the disturbed sites. Coral recruitment at the highly impacted sites showed hope for recovery if these environments are protected from renewed perturbation. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993
EditorsR.N. Ginsburg, F.G.W. Smith
PublisherUniversity of Miami, RSMAS
Pages139-145
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994

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marine ecosystem
environmental quality
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sedimentation
disturbance
refinery
oil refinery
oil
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Eakin, C. M., Feingold, J. S., & Glynn, P. W. (1994). Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA. In R. N. Ginsburg, & F. G. W. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993 (pp. 139-145). University of Miami, RSMAS.

Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA. / Eakin, C. M.; Feingold, J. S.; Glynn, P. W.

Proceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993. ed. / R.N. Ginsburg; F.G.W. Smith. University of Miami, RSMAS, 1994. p. 139-145.

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Eakin, CM, Feingold, JS & Glynn, PW 1994, Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA. in RN Ginsburg & FGW Smith (eds), Proceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993. University of Miami, RSMAS, pp. 139-145.
Eakin CM, Feingold JS, Glynn PW. Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA. In Ginsburg RN, Smith FGW, editors, Proceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993. University of Miami, RSMAS. 1994. p. 139-145
Eakin, C. M. ; Feingold, J. S. ; Glynn, P. W. / Oil refinery impacts on coral reef communities in Aruba, NA. Proceedings of the colloquium on global aspects of coral reefs, Miami, 1993. editor / R.N. Ginsburg ; F.G.W. Smith. University of Miami, RSMAS, 1994. pp. 139-145
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