Friday, July 25, 2014

Caribbean Reefs and Parrotfishes!

When people talk about “keystone” species, they’re generally thinking about predators that shape the behavior of every other creature in their habitat, or about prey that serve as dinner for the entire neighborhood. But a new report on the collapse of coral reefs across the Caribbean is a reminder that entire ecosystems can depend on species that do little more than graze.
As in Parrotfishes and Sea Urchins!
This truly epic report details how the Caribbean has lost 50% of its Corals since the 1970s, and suggests strategies for their recovery - the most astonishing one being the need to restore Parrotfish populations!
Not necessarily Sharks tho it will certainly help, too!

Synopsis here, executive summary here.
Required reading!

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