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1 . Dominica     Dominica
Dominica, a high volcanic island with steep topography, is an independent state. There is only limited reef development on the narrow coastal shelves, although there are several important coral communities, particularly on the south, west and northwest coasts. Several species of whale and dolphin are found in the waters around Dominica, which is fast positioning itself as the leading whale-watching destination in the region. The small population and minimal coastal development mean that the corals have not been severely impacted by human activities, and Dominica has been spared from a direct hurricane since Hurricane David in 1979.
Source: Spalding, M.D., C. Ravilious and E.P. Green , 2001 , World Atlas of Coral Reefs . Prepared at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre. University of California Press,Berkeley,USA.421p. (See Document)

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