Sediment pollution is a known source of stress to coral reefs. Throughout the tropics there are numerous cases where sediment pollution has killed or damaged reefs. Sediment pollution sources include land that has been cleared for agriculture or development, coastal construction and dredging. Such practices are increasing in St Lucia as the island develops. In this brief, we examine the severity of sediment pollution effects on St. Lucia's coral reefs and describe management options for reducing pollution impacts.
Roberts, C.M., Barker, N.L.H., Clarke, A.J., Gell, F.R.G., Hawkins, J.P., Nugues, M.M. and Schelten, C.K. 2003. Policy and management brief 1: Impacts and mitigation of sediment pollution on coral reefs. Annex A2, Appendix 1 of the Final Technical Report of project R7668. York: Environment Department, University of York. 4 pp.