Coral reef management and conservation in light of rapidly evolving ecological paradigms

Mumby, Peter J. and Steneck, Robert S. (2008) Coral reef management and conservation in light of rapidly evolving ecological paradigms. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 23 10: 555-563. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2008.06.011


Author Mumby, Peter J.
Steneck, Robert S.
Title Coral reef management and conservation in light of rapidly evolving ecological paradigms
Journal name Trends in Ecology and Evolution   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0169-5347
1872-8383
Publication date 2008-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2008.06.011
Volume 23
Issue 10
Start page 555
End page 563
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract The decline of many coral reef ecosystems in recent decades surprised experienced managers and researchers. It shattered old paradigms that these diverse ecosystems are spatially uniform and temporally stable on the scale of millennia. We now see reefs as heterogeneous, fragile, globally stressed ecosystems structured by strong positive or negative feedback processes. We review the causes and consequences of reef decline and ask whether management practices are addressing the problem at appropriate scales. We conclude that both science and management are currently failing to address the comanagement of extractive activities and ecological processes that drive ecosystems (e.g. productivity and herbivory). Most reef conservation efforts are directed toward reserve implementation, but new approaches are needed to sustain ecosystem function in exploited areas.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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