A trophic cascade triggers collapse of a salt-marsh ecosystem with intensive recreational fishing.

@article{Altieri2012ATC,
  title={A trophic cascade triggers collapse of a salt-marsh ecosystem with intensive recreational fishing.},
  author={Andrew H. Altieri and Mark D. Bertness and Tyler C. Coverdale and Nicholas C. Herrmann and Christine Angelini},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={93 6},
  pages={1402-10}
}
Overexploitation of predators has been linked to the collapse of a growing number of shallow-water marine ecosystems. However, salt-marsh ecosystems are often viewed and managed as systems controlled by physical processes, despite recent evidence for herbivore-driven die-off of marsh vegetation. Here we use field observations, experiments, and historical records at 14 sites to examine whether the recently reported die-off of northwestern Atlantic salt marshes is associated with the cascading… CONTINUE READING
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