Fishing, trophic cascades, and the process of grazing on coral reefs.

  title={Fishing, trophic cascades, and the process of grazing on coral reefs.},
  author={Peter J. Mumby and Craig P. Dahlgren and Alastair R. Harborne and Carrie V Kappel and Fiorenza Micheli and Daniel R. Brumbaugh and Katherine E. Holmes and J. M. Duarte Mendes and Kenneth Broad and James N. Sanchirico and Kevin L. Buch and Steve Box and Richard W Stoffle and Andrew Bruce Gill},
  volume={311 5757},
Since the mass mortality of the urchin Diadema antillarum in 1983, parrotfishes have become the dominant grazer on Caribbean reefs. The grazing capacity of these fishes could be impaired if marine reserves achieve their long-term goal of restoring large consumers, several of which prey on parrotfishes. Here we compare the negative impacts of enhanced predation with the positive impacts of reduced fishing mortality on parrotfishes inside reserves. Because large-bodied parrotfishes escape the… CONTINUE READING
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