Global assessment of the status of coral reef herbivorous fishes: evidence for fishing effects.

@article{Edwards2014GlobalAO,
  title={Global assessment of the status of coral reef herbivorous fishes: evidence for fishing effects.},
  author={Clinton Edwards and Alan M Friedlander and Allan G. Green and Marah J. Hardt and Enric Sala and Hugh P A Sweatman and Ivor D. Williams and Brian J. Zgliczynski and Stuart Sandin and Jennifer E Smith},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2014},
  volume={281 1774},
  pages={20131835}
}
On coral reefs, herbivorous fishes consume benthic primary producers and regulate competition between fleshy algae and reef-building corals. Many of these species are also important fishery targets, yet little is known about their global status. Using a large-scale synthesis of peer-reviewed and unpublished data, we examine variability in abundance and biomass of herbivorous reef fishes and explore evidence for fishing impacts globally and within regions. We show that biomass is more than twice… CONTINUE READING
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