Recovery from blast fishing on coral reefs: a tale of two scales.

  title={Recovery from blast fishing on coral reefs: a tale of two scales.},
  author={Helen E. Fox and Roy L. Caldwell},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={16 5},
Dynamite or "blast" fishing is one of the most immediate and destructive threats to coral reefs worldwide. However, little is known about the long-term ecosystem effects of such blasts or the dynamics of recovery. Here, we examine coral reef recovery in the simplest case of acute single blasts of known age, as well as recovery from chronic blasting over greater spatial and temporal scales. Rubble resulting from single blasts slowly stabilized, and craters filled in with surrounding coral and… CONTINUE READING
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