reef front

reef front

[′rēf ‚frənt]
(geology)
The upper part of the outer or seaward slope of a reef, extending to the reef edge from above the dwindle point of abundant living coral and coralline algae.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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pelamis larvae would not accumulate near the reef front because they would not be expected to counter the putative downwelling at those locations.
Spanish mackerel, wahoo, cobia and tuna occur behind the reef front, and the sea off Ningaloo is one of the few places in the world where aggregations of sail fish and black, blue and striped marlin occur.