Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Protecting fish benefits corals

Corals benefit from no-fishing marine protected areas. Grazing fish such as large parrotfishes that thrive in the MPA remove algae and improve coral reproduction.

This is the first finding of benefits to coral reproduction from reduced algae cover in no-fishing MPAs, thanks to the helpful work of grazing fish. Not a big surprise, really, but proof is always necessary given the abundance and persistence of MPA critics.

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