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Connectivity and management of Caribbean coral reefs

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JournalScience
DatePublished - 21 Nov 1997
Issue number5342
Volume278
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)1454-1457
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Surface current patterns were used to map dispersal routes of pelagic larvae from 18 coral reef sites in the Caribbean. The sites varied, both as sources and recipients of larvae, by an order of magnitude. It is likely that sites supplied copiously from ''upstream'' reef areas will be more resilient to recruitment overfishing, less susceptible to species loss, and less reliant on local management than places with little upstream reef. The mapping of connectivity patterns will enable the identification of beneficial management partnerships among nations and the design of networks of interdependent reserves.

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  • GULF-OF-MEXICO, FLORIDA-KEYS, GENETIC-VARIATION, FISHES, CIRCULATION, RECRUITMENT, CURRENTS, PACIFIC, ISLAND, OCEAN

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