Study Uncovers a Predictable Sequence Toward Coral Reef Collapse

Study Uncovers a Predictable Sequence Toward Coral Reef Collapse

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Blue Tridacna gigas. Tridacna is a genus of large and gigantic saltwater clams, the largest living marine bivalve mollusks, and can weigh up to 200 kgs (440 pounds). These clams, are common inhabitants of thе coral reefs οf thе South Pacific аnd Indian oceans and live in shallower waters, flat coral sand or broken coral and can be found at depth of as much as 20 m (66 ft). Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© Pierre Pouliquin

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Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, an international team of researchers identified how overfishing creates a series of at least eight big changes on reefs that precipitate a final collapse. This information can help managers gauge the health of a reef and tell them when to restrict fishing in order to avoid a collapse of the ecosystem and fishery…

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