Coral reef fish assemblages of coralline and granitic habitats of Curieuse Marine National Park
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Curieuse Marine National Park encompasses a diverse range of shallow water marine and brackish habitats including coralline fringing reefs, granitic boulder reefs, deep patch reefs, algal flats, seagrass meadows, intertidal rocky shore, sandy beach and mangrove habitat. Many of these shallow water habitats support an abundance of varied marine life, which in turn supports a burgeoning interest from tourist divers and snorkellers. Curieuse Marine National Park includes Curieuse Island and the surrounding waters including the channel between the island and the north-eastern coastline of Praslin. The designated boundary extends from Chevalier Point in the west to Pointe Zanguilles in the east up to high water mark, and includes the outlying islets of St. Pierre in the south-west. In 1971 a government White Paper states ‘’ It is intended that the reefs lying between Curieuse Island and Praslin should form an area to be designated as a Special Reserve, the object of which will be to prote.....