Reef degradation and the loss of critical ecosystem goods and services provided by coral reef fishes

Pratchett, Morgan S., Hoey, Andrew S., and Wilson, Shaun K. (2014) Reef degradation and the loss of critical ecosystem goods and services provided by coral reef fishes. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 7. pp. 37-43.

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Abstract

Coral loss and declines in the physical structure of reef habitats have marked effects on the abundance of coral reef fishes which will be become even more pronounced as coral cover continues to decline. Further, changes in the abundance and composition of fish assemblages may have consequences for ecosystem function and fisheries productivity. Even if fisheries species are generally resilient to habitat degradation, harvesting of larger fishes may threaten ecosystem functions that are critical to coral reef resilience. Ultimately, managers will need to explicitly address conflicts between increasing demand for fish and the need to maintain ecosystem services.

Item ID: 33021
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1877-3435
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2014 09:19
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 80%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 20%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960399 Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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