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Arrecife Polo is one of the 12 emergent platform type reefs that form the Southern Veracruz Reef System, located off the fishing village of Anton Lizardo in the western Gulf of Mexico. In 1992, the Mexican government declared the system a Natural Protected Area with a National Marine Park status. It is positioned approximately 5 km from the mainland. Due to its size, Arrecife Polo, is considered to be a satellite reef of Chopas Reef.
Location on Continental Shelf: Inner-Shelf Bank
Coordinates: 19.11° N 95.98° W
Nearest Largest City: Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Area of Coverage: 1 km2
Width: 0.5 km
Length: 0.5 km
Maximum Depth: 24 m
Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE). 1992. DECRETO por el que se declara área natural protegida con el carácter de Parque Marino Nacional, la zona conocida como Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano. Web accessed on Feb. 2, 2004.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2004. NOAA Fisheries. National Marine Fisheries Service, International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
Tunnell, J.W., Jr. 2007. Reef Distribution (chapter 2). In Tunnell, J.W. Jr., Chavez, E.O. and Withers, K. (eds) Coral Reefs of the Southern Gulf of Mexico. Texas A&M University Press, College Station, TX, 216 p.
NOAA Fisheries. National Marine Fisheries Service
Instituto Nacional de Ecologia INE
Keywords: Reef, Emergent platform, Southern veracruz reef system, National protected area, National marine park, Satellite reef
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