The effect of fishing on hysteresis in Caribbean coral reefs

  title={The effect of fishing on hysteresis in Caribbean coral reefs},
  author={Julie C. Blackwood and Alan Hastings and Peter J. Mumby},
  journal={Theoretical Ecology},
Coral resilience is important for withstanding ecological disturbances as well as anthropogenic changes to the environment. However, the last several decades have demonstrated a decline in resilience that has often resulted in phase shifts to a degraded coral-depleted state with high levels of algal abundance. A major defining issue in current research is to identify when and how it is possible to reverse these phase shifts allowing for the ecosystem to escape coral depletion and maintain coral… CONTINUE READING


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