Mesoamerican Reef

A Coral-algal Phase Shift in Mesoamerica Not Driven by Changes in Herbivorous Fish Abundance

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This article discusses coral reefs off Mahahual in Mexico, where coral cover dominance declined and was replaced by algae over 14 years. The results indicate that coastal development can harm reef resilience and that better coastal zone and watershed management, along with maintaining fish herbivory, are critical for reefs in Mesoamerica.

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