World Aquarium News
Scientists have long sought to understand how coral reefs support such an abundance of fish life despite their location in nutrient-poor waters. According to a new study, an unlikely group fuels these communities: tiny, mostly bottom-dwelling creatures called 'cryptobenthic' reef fishes. [...]
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
With an ever-growing list of threats facing biodiversity on multiple scales, conservationists struggle to determine which to address. A common reaction is to prioritize their efforts on threats to individual species or management areas, but researchers say this narrow-minded approach is detrimental to the overall goal of saving species and ecosystems worldwide. Instead, they say large-scale, long-term collaboration is the answer. [...]
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Symbiotic algae living inside corals provide those animals with their vibrant color, as well as many of the nutrients they need to survive. That algae, and other microbes within the bodies of corals, have been extensively studied -- yet until now, researchers have largely ignored the microbial communities just outside of the coral colonies. A new study describes microbes that live just a few centimeters from the surface of corals, laying the groundwork for future studies. [...]
Tue, May 21, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Huge fish fences which are commonly used in tropical seas are causing extensive social, ecological and economic damage and are threatening marine biodiversity and human livelihoods, according to a new study. [...]
Tue, May 21, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Unravelling the secrets of the relationship between coral and the algae living inside it will help prevent coral bleaching, researchers believe. By using genomic data to look for genes that enhance resilience in the algae, researchers hope to help coral adapt to the environmental shifts created by climate change. [...]
Mon, May 13, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Shipwrecks and sunken structures off the North Carolina coast may act as stepping stones for tropical fish searching for favorable habitats at or beyond the edge of their normal geographic range. A study finds these fishes prefer artificial reefs over natural ones and suggests linked networks of these human-made structures could be used to aid the survival of the ecologically and economically important species. [...]
Mon, May 06, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
When fishermen and women communicate with their fisher rivals, and cooperate over local environmental problems, they can improve the quality and quantity of fish on coral reefs. The study advances a framework that can be applied to other complex environmental problems where environmental conditions depend on the relationships between people and nature. [...]
Fri, May 03, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study of factors that cause corals stress suggests that localized attempts to curb pollution on reefs won't save them without a worldwide effort to reduce global warming. [...]
Thu, May 02, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
The next time you find yourself luxuriating in some exotic, Instagrammable vacation spot, thank a parrotfish. That white sand slithering between your toes? It consists mostly of their excrement. [...]
Tue, Apr 30, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Densities of endangered green turtles are increasing in Pacific coral reefs, according to the first comprehensive in-water survey of turtle populations in the Pacific. [...]
Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Patches of coral reef are often surrounded by very large 'halos' of bare sand that are hundreds to thousands of square meters. New research sheds light on these enigmatic features that are visible from space. [...]
Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Scientists offer a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. This first-ever global coral reef atlas contains maps of over 65,000 square kilometers (25,097 square miles) of coral reefs and surrounding habitats. [...]
Tue, Apr 23, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study has revealed soft tissues that cover the rocky coral skeleton promote the recovery of corals following a bleaching event. [...]
Tue, Apr 23, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
A new study suggests reefs suffering coral bleaching can still be productive, as fish dependent on reefs get a bulk of their food delivered via the currents flowing past. [...]
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily
Scientists have developed a technique for measuring the amount of living coral on a reef by analyzing DNA in small samples of seawater. [...]
Wed, Apr 17, 2019
Source Coral Reef News from Science Daily