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Term Coastal water

Typically refers to waters characterized by a shallow continental shelf, which gently slopes out to sea until it reaches a steep slope which marks the beginning of the deep ocean.

In the Dominican Republic, the “Environmental Standard for Water Quality and Discharge Control” (NA-AG-001-03) identifies four types of coastal waters and includes the maximum physical, chemical and biological acceptable values for these waters. The four types of coastal waters are:

  • CLASS D-2: coastal and estuarine waters to be preserved under natural conditions, due to their exceptional quality or ecological value. Their physical and geographic boundaries will extend 500 meters out to sea from their location.
  • CLASS E: coastal waters reserved for the preservation of natural resources such as mangroves and areas for reproduction and nutrition of marine organisms, as well as areas for marine aquaculture, including mollusks, shrimp, fish and commercial fishing. In addition, they are intended for activities such as water sports and others involving direct contact with water, such as swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, etc.
  • CLASS F: coastal waters intended for water sports and other activities that do not involve direct contact with the water.
  • CLASS G: coastal waters intended for industrial, dock/port facilities, and maritime transport.


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PhotoAguas cristalinas del parque nacional Jaragua
Topic  Resources coastal / marine