This Handbook would not have been possible without the generous help of the following people and organisations and we are extremely grateful to them for their time, advice, help or useful discussions. We thank: the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Turks and Caicos Islands for logistical assistance during our fieldwork and in particular Christie Hall, Chris Ninnes, Paul Medley, Perry Seymore and John Ewing; the Environment Research Programme of the UK Department for International Development for funding the research; Hugo Matus, Janet Gibson and David Vousden, UNDP/GEF Coastal Zone Management Project, Belize; Herb Ripley and Ariel Geomatics Incorporated; Angie Ellis; School for Field Studies, South Caicos; Alastair Harborne, Peter Raines, Jon Ridley and Coral Cay Conservation Ltd; all respondents to questionnaire on use of remote sensing for tropical coastal zone management; the Belize Fisheries Department; John Turner, University of North Wales; Charles Sheppard, University of Warwick; John McManus, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, Manila; Bob Clarke, Plymouth Marine Laboratory; The Groundbusters Corporation; Jean-Pierre Angers, Centre University Saint-Louis-Maillet; Clive Anderson and Coomaren Vencatasawmy, University of Sheffield (for statistical advice); Ian Sotheran and Rob Walton, SeaMap, University of Newcastle; Agneta Nilsson and Lieven Bydekerke UNEP EAF/14 Programme and other attendees of the UNEP-IOC Seagrass Assessment Workshop in Zanzibar, 1997; Mick Sharp for his patient reformatting of the book from Word into QuarkXPress; Judy Preece for preparing some thirty figures.

The book was pageset by Mick Sharp in QuarkXPress and Figures 1.1, 3.2-3.5, 5.7-5.8, 5.10, 5.15-5.17, 6.3-6.7, 7.1, 7.3, 7.5, 8.1, 9.1-9.4, 10.3, 10.6-10.7, 11.2, 11.9-11.10, 15.1, 16.1 and 19.1 were drawn by Judy Preece based on the sources acknowledged.