16 Jul '12, 11am

Green Blog: When Coral Reefs Recover

Gerard Burkhart for The New York Times Fish biomass increased more than fivefold after a marine reserve with a fishing ban was established off Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. Nearby fisheries benefited, too. It turns out that the way to protect coral reefs is to, well, protect them. That was the core message of several presentations at an international symposium on coral reefs that wrapped up on Friday in Cairns, Australia. Ocean acidification, warming water temperatures, pollution and overfishing pose dire threats to coral reefs worldwide. On the plus side, said John Pandolfi, director of the Center for Marine Science at the University of Queensland , reducing these threats locally can improve reef conditions. The bad news, he adds, is that coral reefs bounce back more slowly than other marine ecosystems like estuaries. So the sooner action is taken, the better. The overfished reefs ...

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