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Creation of a Gilded Trap by the High Economic Value of the Maine Lobster Fishery
  • R. Steneck, T. Hughes, B. Worm
  • Environmental Science
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society…
  • 1 October 2011
It is suggested the current success of Maine's lobster fishery is a gilded trap, a type of social trap in which collective actions resulting from economically attractive opportunities outweigh concerns over associated social and ecological risks or consequences.
New perspectives on ecological mechanisms affecting coral recruitment on reefs
This review summarizes existing information on ecological factors affecting scleractinian coral recruitment and suggests that further research on fertilization ecology, connectivity, larval condition, positive and negative cues influencing substrate selection, and post-settlement ecology will be critical to manage these diverse ecosystems for recovery.
Running the Gauntlet: Inhibitory Effects of Algal Turfs on the Processes of Coral Recruitment
If coral recruitment is heavily controlled at very local scales by this gauntlet, then coral reef managers could improve a reef’s recruitment potential by managing for reduced algal biomass.
Larval settlement preferences and post-settlement survival of the threatened Caribbean corals Acropora palmata and A. cervicornis
Some, but not all, CCA species facilitated the larval settlement and post-settlement survival of these two threatened corals, highlighting the importance of benthic community composition for successful coral recruitment.
Settling into an Increasingly Hostile World: The Rapidly Closing “Recruitment Window” for Corals
When a disturbance creates primary substrate a “recruitment window” for settling corals exists from approximately 9 to 14 mo following the disturbance, during which early-succession, facilitating species are most abundant and the window closes as organisms hostile to coral settlement and survivorship overgrow nursery microhabitats.
Thinking and managing outside the box: coalescing connectivity networks to build region-wide resilience in coral reef ecosystems
As the science of connectivity evolves, so too must the management of coral reefs. It is now clear that the spatial scale of disturbances to coral reef ecosystems is larger and the scale of larval
Experiment mimics fishing on parrotfish: insights on coral reef recovery and alternative attractors
It is determined that these processes cascade to drive alternative states and create a 'hysteresis' effect delaying or preventing recovery of the coral reef ecosystem.
Empirical relationships among resilience indicators on Micronesian reefs
Examination of benthos and herbivorous fish assemblages of outer-shelf reefs in Micronesia finds a weak positive relationship was found between scarid biomass and juvenile coral density, and hypothesise that high scarid density may hinder juvenile density through increased corallivory.
Larval settlement preferences of Acropora palmata and Montastraea faveolata in response to diverse red algae
The shallow coral, A. palmata, and the deeper coral, M. faveolata, both had increased larval settlement rates in the presence of only a few species of red algae found at deeper depths suggesting that patterns of coral distribution can only sometimes be related to the distribution ofred algae species.
Managing Recovery Resilience in Coral Reefs Against Climate-Induced Bleaching and Hurricanes: A 15 Year Case Study From Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Citation: Steneck RS, Arnold SN, Boenish R, de León R, Mumby PJ, Rasher DB and Wilson MW (2019) Managing Recovery Resilience in Coral Reefs Against Climate-Induced Bleaching and Hurricanes: A 15 Year