Trophic Cascades in a Formerly Cod-Dominated Ecosystem

@article{Frank2005TrophicCI,
  title={Trophic Cascades in a Formerly Cod-Dominated Ecosystem},
  author={K. T. Frank and B. Petrie and J. Choi and W. C. Leggett},
  journal={Science},
  year={2005},
  volume={308},
  pages={1621 - 1623}
}
Removal of top predators from ecosystems can result in cascading effects through the trophic levels below, completely restructuring the food web. Cascades have been observed in small-scale or simple food webs, but not in large, complex, open-ocean ecosystems. Using data spanning many decades from a once cod-dominated northwest Atlantic ecosystem, we demonstrate a trophic cascade in a large marine ecosystem. Several cod stocks in other geographic areas have also collapsed without recovery… Expand
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