Response to Causes of coral reef degradation [Aronson et al. (2003) Causes of coral reef degradation]

Hughes, T.P., Baird, A.H., Bellwood, D.R., Connolly, S.R., Folke, C., Grosberg, R., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Jackson, J.B.C., Kleypas, J., Lough, J.M., Marshall, P., Nyström, M., Palumbi, S.R., Pandolfi, J.M., Rosen, B., and Roughgarden, J. (2003) Response to Causes of coral reef degradation [Aronson et al. (2003) Causes of coral reef degradation]. Science, 302 (5650). pp. 1503-1504.

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[Extract] In our Review, we summarized current knowledge of the degraded status of coral reefs and of the human threats to reefs. We also identified new directions for research to inform the management of these vital natural resources. Aronson et al. misinterpret our Review by claiming that our conclusions (on the importance of overfishing on coral reefs) conflict with those of the accompanying Report by Pandolfi et al. In this Report, Pandolfi et al. emphasize the long trajectory of reef decline, while we focused more on contemporary threats and future solutions. Until recently, the direct and indirect effects of overfishing and pollution from agriculture and land development have been the major drivers of massive and accelerating decreases in abundance of coral reef species.

Item ID: 26649
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2013 22:38
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl Marine Ichthyology) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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