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Term Fringe reefs
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These are the most common reefs which grow along the coast. They thrive along rocky coasts, islands, or cays, and are generally found below the low tide line. Fringing reefs are often separated from the shore by a lagoon or a narrow and shallow body of water whose bottom is covered with calcareous sands and underwater seagrass.

This type of reef is very common in the Dominican Republic, although, because of its proximity to the coast, they have been damaged by human activity. Standing out among the best preserved in the county are the fringing reefs of the Siete Hermanos de Monte Cristi, located off the coast of the Monte Cristi Province, as well as those of Palenque on the southern coast.


Topic  BiodiversityProtected areasResources coastal / marine