Fish Help Coral Survive in Warming Seas

New research is showing how the diverse, beautiful and fragile reef ecosystem functions resiliently in the warming oceans – caused by global climate change.  Researchers, specifically in the Great Barrier Reef region of Australia, are studying specific fish that eat the kelp and algae off of the coral, keeping space free and allowing juvenile coral to grow.   Experiments in the reefs have shown that reefs with higher populations of Parrotfish (and other reef fish) grow nearly three-times as much new coral in the set time period than in enclosed areas without fish.  This research fully supports new protected areas for fish to grow, develop and propagate, which is great news for the marine wilderness and marine protected areas such as the Great Barrier Reef.  Read the full article on BBC…

0 Comments (Post Comment)

Post your Comment here

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *