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Protected Mediterranean reefs show a large gain in biomass and diversity #marine #coral

05 Mar 2012: Protected Mediterranean Reefs Show a Large Gain in Biomass and Diversity A study of rocky reefs in the Mediterranean Sea shows that those accorded the highest protection, with all fishing prohibited, not only had a greater abundance and diversity of fish, but also demonstrated robust ecosystem health all the way down to the level of marine algae. Enric Sala, a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and marine ecologist at the Center for Advanced Studies of Blanes in Spain, led a study of rocky reefs in numerous regions of the Mediterranean. The study found “remarkable variation in the structure of rocky reef ecosystems,” with a three-decade-old protected area off of Catalonia in Spain showing large numbers of predatory and other fish, while unprotected reefs off the Greek and Turkish coasts were “bare.” The study , published in the journal PLoS ONE , found ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/protected_mediterranean_reefs...

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