Scientists Track Fish Through A Coral Reef Seascape
September 4, 2012
"Ocean scientists have known for a long time that juvenile coral reef fishes use coastal seagrass and mangrove habitats as nurseries, before they move into the coral reefs as adults.
According to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the fishes’ movements, and the connections between different tropical habitats, are much more complex than previously realized.
Despite several studies that have demonstrated a strong relationship between the presence of coastal wetlands and offshore fish abundance and fisheries yield, it has proven difficult to develop effective quantitative assessment of habitat use by fish, or their movement around different habitats."
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