Critical Science Gaps Impede Use of No-take Fishery Reserves

Coastal marine fisheries are under an ever-increasing risk of collapse due to over-exploitation and human-caused degradation of coastal marine habitats and ecosystems. No-take fishery reserves can be an effective management tool to mitigate these problems. This...

Are U.S. Coral Reefs on the Slippery Slope to Slime?

This article has received significant attention from researchers, managers, and the public. It is a bit controversial and the doom and gloom picture presented may or may not most accurately describe the current state of affairs. Regardless, the paper draws attention...

Coral Reefs and the Global Network of Marine Protected Areas

Mora et al. provide a critique of MPA networks globally. Based on prior work that suggests MPAs be at least 10km2 in area and 15km apart, we need 2559 additional MPAs. These results demonstrate the need for more MPAs of quality that can help protect species within...

Human and Coral Reef Use Interactions: From Impacts to Solutions?

This article reviews current scientific preferences in coral reef research to determine if information needed to solve problems associated with coral reef and reef fisheries persistence is being generated. The review finds that recommendations for reef management are...

Coral Decline Threatens Fish Biodiversity in Marine Reserves

Marine reserves are traditionally thought to be able to protect fish from exploitation;however,“top down” management preventing the exploitation of reef fishes may not be enough. This 8-year study conducted in Papua New Guinea documents dramatic declines in fish...
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