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Definition of Shoal:
A detached elevation of the sea bottom comprised of material that is not rock, that may endanger surface navigation. Also, to become shallow gradually; to cause to become shallow; to proceed from a greater to a lesser depth [1].
This is the common definition for Shoal, other definitions can be discussed in the article


  1. Coastal Practice Network "CoPraNet": ICZM Glossary of Terms. Available online, consulted 24/07/2012.