Saba Bank Symposium: summary and recommendations


Since 2010, the Saba Bank falls under the jurisdiction of The Netherlands. Spanning an area of 2000km2, the Saba Bank houses the largest coral reef in the Caribbean Netherlands with a great diversity of species. The past 5 years the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has funded research on the biodiversity, health and ecological functioning of the bank. On 8 December 2016 The Saba Bank Symposium was organised with 11 speakers and a panel discussion on the knowledge gaps and future perspectives of the bank. With this letter we provide an overview of results and future directions for policy and research.

Key message:

We need to improve the resilience of the Saba Bank to cope with the effects of climate change and fisheries. 

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