Deep-diving scientists say shallow reefs can’t rely on twilight zone systems for recovery

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A team of highly trained scientific divers explored Pacific and western Atlantic reefs to test a widely held hypothesis that climate-stressed life from shallow reefs can take refuge at mesophotic depths (100-500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface).

The results are clear: deep and shallow reefs are different systems with their own species, and deep reefs are just as threatened by climate impacts, storms, and pollution…

Read Full Article, Science Daily (07-19-2018)