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Coral Reefs News
June 26, 2019

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When scientists subjected two-toned pygmy squid and bigfin reef squid to carbon dioxide levels projected for the end of the century, they received some ... read more
When put to the test, corals and coralline algae are not able to acclimatize to ... read more
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 ... read more

Fish Fences Across the Tropical Seas Having Large-Scale Devastating Effects

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 ... read more
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Conservation Goals Compete at the Expense of Biodiversity

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 ... read more

Distinct Microbes Found Living Next to Corals

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, ... read more

Understanding Relationship Break-Ups to Protect the Reef

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 ... read more

Shipwrecks Off North Carolina, U.S. Coast Harbor Tropical Migrants

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 ... read more

Breaking Bread With Rivals Leads to More Fish on Coral Reefs

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Marine Scientists Investigate the Relationship Between Bumphead Parrotfish and Their Coral Reef Habitat on a Molecular Level

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 ... read more

Immense Pacific Coral Reef Survey Shows Green Sea Turtle Populations Increasing

Densities of endangered green turtles are increasing in Pacific coral reefs, according to the first comprehensive in-water survey of turtle populations in the ... read more

Can We Solve the Riddle of the Coral Reef Halos?

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 ... read more

Largest Collection of Coral Reef Maps Ever Made

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 ... read more

Soft Tissue Makes Coral Tougher in the Face of Climate Change

A new study has revealed soft tissues that cover the rocky coral skeleton promote the recovery of corals following a bleaching ... read more

Ocean Currents Bring Good News for Reef Fish

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 ... read more

New eDNA Technology Used to Quickly Assess Coral Reefs

Scientists have developed a technique for measuring the amount of living coral on a reef by analyzing DNA in small samples of ... read more

Bacteria Surrounding Coral Reefs Change in Synchrony, Even Across Great Distance

A study revealed that the bacteria present in the water overlying dozens of coral reefs changed dramatically during the night, and then returned to the same daytime community as observed the morning ... read more

Advanced Virtual Technology Captures How Coral Reefs Recover After Bleaching

Researchers have used new imaging software to detect dramatic recovery after a bleaching event on the reefs surrounding remote Palmyra Atoll in the tropical ... read more

Scientists Discover First Organism With Chlorophyll Genes That Doesn't Photosynthesize

For the first time scientists have found an organism that can produce chlorophyll but does not engage in photosynthesis. The peculiar organism is dubbed 'corallicolid' because it is found ... read more

Global Warming Disrupts Recovery of Coral Reefs

The damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef by global warming has compromised the capacity of its corals to recover, according to new ... read more

Coral Study Traces Excess Nitrogen to Maui Wastewater Treatment Facility

A new method for reconstructing changes in nitrogen sources over time has enabled scientists to connect excess nutrients in the coastal waters of West Maui, Hawaii, to a sewage treatment facility ... read more

New Study Measures UV-Filter Chemicals in Seawater and Corals from Hawaii

Scientists have completed the first comprehensive assessment of UV-filters in surface seawater, sediment, and coral tissue from multiple coral reefs around the island of Oahu, Hawaii. UV-filters are ... read more

Sea Anemones Are Ingesting Plastic Microfibers

Tiny fragments of plastic in the ocean are consumed by sea anemones along with their food, and bleached anemones retain these microfibers longer than healthy ones, according to new research. The work ... read more

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