Island building and overfishing in the Spratly Islands archipelago are predicted to decrease larval flow and impact the whole system

Wolanski, Eric, Choukroun, Severine, and Nhan, Nguyen Huu (2020) Island building and overfishing in the Spratly Islands archipelago are predicted to decrease larval flow and impact the whole system. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 233. 106545.

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Abstract

The Spratly Islands archipelago in the South China Sea is a disputed marine area impacted by a destructive free-for-all race to resources. Though physically open, the archipelago is a semi-closed system because the flushing time scales are comparable to the pelagic larval duration of coral and reef fish larvae. Island-building, overfishing and destructive clam harvesting in the archipelago destroy, or at the very least severely damage, the directly impacted reefs. At these reefs, larvae are not produced anymore, or produced in significantly lessened numbers, and thus larval recruitment is decreased in the reefs downstream. This diminishes the resilience of the whole Spratly Islands archipelago reef ecosystem.

Item ID: 61462
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1096-0015
Keywords: Flushing, Currents, Coral, Larvae, Resilience
Copyright Information: © 2019 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 02:01
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
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