Recovery of coral populations after the 1998 bleaching on Shiraho Reef, in the southern Ryukyus, NW Pacific

  title={Recovery of coral populations after the 1998 bleaching on Shiraho Reef, in the southern Ryukyus, NW Pacific},
  author={Hajime Kayanne and Saki Harii and Yoichi Ide and Fujio Akimoto},
  journal={Marine Ecology Progress Series},
The most extensive and severe bleaching of coral ever recorded occurred in 1997 and 1998 as a result of anomalously high sea-surface temperatures. In the Ryukyu Islands, extensive bleaching occurred from late July to early October in 1998. A time-series transect study on a reef flat revealed the different responses of coral populations among species to this event. Coral cover was monitored just before, during, and 6 times after the bleaching occurred, along 5 fixed transects, 710 to 800 m long… 

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