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New species of snapper discovered in Brazil

...rocky shores, coastal lagoons with brackish water, mangroves and other shallow habitats. Juveniles requiring more food and protection live in mangroves, then migrate to reef habitat and deeper areas as adults. "Several species spend some of their lives in these different yet connected habitats," Lindeman sai...

Batfish to the rescue!

...hers, while they depend as young fishes on coastal mangroves which are in decline in many areas. "Indeed, the...shore GBR reefs may be closely tied to the fate of mangroves and their suitability for batfish recruitment." Batfishes may be one of the last intact herbivore ...

Seagrass ecosystems at a 'global crisis'

...overage of other habitats including salt marshes, mangroves and coral reefs receive 3 to 100-fold more media attention than seagrass systems. "Translating scientific understanding of the value of seagrass ecosystems into public awareness, and thus effective seagrass management and restoration, has not been...

Ecological change, climate variation addressed at international conference, September 20-24

...an a coincidence, said Barbier. Widespread loss of mangroves in coastal areas of Thailand has increased the vulnerability of these areas to natural disasters. Importance of long-term research in understanding ecological and social change Better knowledge of how social and ecological change occur is needed ...

The critical importance of mangroves to ocean life

...rganic carbon," Dittmar writes. "Here we show that mangroves play an unexpected role in the global carbon cycle... structure of organic compounds--to determine that mangroves are indeed a main source of dissolved organic carbon in the open ocean. In total, they concluded tha...

Tsunami + 1 year: Reviving exhausted fisheries should trump replacing boats, gear, experts say

...; 3. Widespread damage to coastal habitats such as mangroves (and deforestation to support rebuilding efforts) may affect the sustainability of key fisheries resources; 4. History shows us that the continuation of open-access fishery regimes for these coastal communities will lead to an inexorable decline in r...

New Science study: Mangroves shielded communities against tsunami

... the tsunami, human activities reduced the area of mangroves by 26 percent between 1980 and 2000." Although the...e Katrina's destructive powers, the degradation of mangroves in India magnified the tsunami's destruction," said Neil Burgess, a conservation specialist with Wor...

Could better mangrove habitats have spared lives in the 2004 tsunami?

...loss of the natural, protective "dyke" function of mangroves in addition to the loss of other services that mangroves provide to local economies and ecosystems. Although many politicians, journalists, and scientists ha...

Ecosystems, economic choices and human well-being

...ering. For example, the removal and degradation of mangroves and other coastal ecosystems for development meant the loss of natural buffers to the December tsunami in Asia, increasing the devastation. Communities closest to an ecosystem are most affected by change and biodiversity loss, the MEA notes. Converti...

Heroes of the sea, Pew Fellows' fifteenth class tackle sharks, reefs, mangroves and more

... Primavera's work will demonstrate that protecting mangroves can save lives and property from destructive typhoons, filter out silt runoff that kills coral reefs, provide nurseries to juvenile fish and shrimp, and renew fisheries catches....

Experimental radar provides 3-D forest view

...d in character from pristine rainforest to coastal mangroves and oil palm and rubber plantations. They were also measured in detail on the ground to provide 'ground truth' for the radar results, around 200 Gigabytes of raw data having been gathered during three weeks of flights. "We had already carried out t...

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