Description of gauge:
So the Puerto Rico coral reefs score 70, meaning they rank Fair and some indicators meet reference values.
Description of Puerto Rico coral reefs:
Puerto Rico is a volcanic island in the Greater Antilles located in the north central Caribbean between the U.S. Virgin Islands to the east and the island of Hispaniola to the west. In addition to the main island, the islands of Mona, Monito, Desecheo, Caja de Muertos, Vieques, and Culebra make up the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico was not divided into sub-regions. The total coral reef hardbottom habitat less than 30 meters in depth that was monitored is 994.5 square kilometers.
How Coral Reef indicator data are compiled and scored:
The coral reef ecosystem scores shown here were analyzed using data from the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). NCRMP collects data in all U.S. coral reef regions in four themes: benthic (corals and algae), reef fish, climate (ocean acidification and thermal stress), and human connections (socioeconomic surveys). The scores you see for each region are composite scores from all four themes assessed together and rolled into one overall score.
Overall scores mean the following:
90-100% Very good: All or almost all indicators meet reference values.
80-89% Good: Most indicators meet reference values.
70-79% Fair: Some indicators meet reference values.
60-69% Impaired: Few indicators meet reference values.
0-59% Critical: Very few or no indicators meet reference values.
Source: 2020 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Atlantic Jurisdictions