About the same # of coral colonies exist in the Pacific as there are trees in the Amazon or birds in the world.
Some spp. may face a lower risk of extinction than previously thought. But if #climatechange kills them, restoration is beyond our capacity.
Carbon storage increases with #biodiversity in #mangrove forests.
#ParachuteScience--where researchers from a high-income country conduct a study in a typically lower-income country w/o engaging local colleagues--is widespread in coral reef biodiversity-related research.
Collaboration strengthens people & science.
“The first step in any restoration project should always be to remove the causes of environmental decline—otherwise, history will repeat itself."
#ReefRestoration ≠ excuse to ignore #GreenhouseGas emissions, poor #WaterQuality, etc.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/can-a-cold-water-bath-save-the-great-barrier-reef/ via @hakaimagazine
introducing consumers to lesser-known but more environmentally sustainable #seafood options through fish-market tours.
https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/a-tour-of-unloved-fishes/ via @hakaimagazine
Once #seaweed takes over a reef, it's hard for corals to compete. In the Caribbean, stocking degraded reef patches with extra seaweed-eating crabs led to a dramatic increase in the number of juvenile corals & reef fish.
https://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2021/02/how-a-grazing-crab-could-help-restore-coral-habitat/ via @AnthropoceneMag
Ever been on a dive & wondered why you're seeing so many moray eels?
#Overfishing of sharks & other predators may have knocked out their competition.
#Sailors are familiar with surface slicks--ribbons of smooth water that accumulate algae & other floating debris. Turns out they are hotspots of #biodiversity & productivity where larval reef, pelagic & deep-water fish seek food & shelter.
Noise from boat engines, seismic surveys & other activities can cripple marine animals' ability to communicate, hunt & survive. When #noisepollution is reduced, as happened during COVID lockdowns, animals benefit.
#Soundscape of the #Anthropocene ocean https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6529/eaba4658
Bird-based #RemoteSensing pinpoints #IUUfishing:
The Bali Reef Rehabilitation Network has been presented as a demonstration of a mechanism to try and address challenges of inappropriate #coralreef restoration, using local peer learning network to share experiences
Learn more in this #BlueCharter🌊 Case Study 👇
#MarineProtectedAreas benefit fishers: landings increased by >2x in regions with #MPAs during the 6 yrs after establishment. (No noticable increase in regions without MPAs.)
Pet food, lip gloss, sunscreen, fish sticks. These & other common household products sometimes contain shark liver oil.
Study: Oceanic #shark & ray populations have declined by 71% since 1970, driven by #overfishing.
A *Leptoseris* coral colony was found at a depth of 172 meters--a new record. That's deep for #photosynthesis!
Food for thought: Not all #MarineProtectedAreas are created equal.
#CoralRestoration--a silver bullet?
"[This report] clearly shows that nothing can take the place of...better stewardship of the natural systems that have been formed over billions of years on our finely tuned planet."
Why planting trees won't reverse #climatechange: as temperatures exceed thresholds, photosynthetic efficiency (& CO2 absorption) falls.
Photosynthesis in #seagrass & other marine plants is also temp-dependant, w/consequences for #bluecarbon.
Creative example of #scicomm by @hakaimagazine: https://www.hakaimagazine.com/storymap/coral/index.html
When sea anemones bleach, #Nemo suffers.