Recent region-wide declines in Caribbean reef fish abundance

Paddack, Michelle J., Reynolds, John D., Aguilar, Consuelo, Appeldoorn, Richard S., Beets, Jim, Burkett, Edward W., Chittaro, Paul M., Clarke, Kristen, Esteves, Rene, Fonseca, Ana C., Forrester, Graham E., Friedlander, Alan M., Garcia-Sais, Jorge, Gonzalez-Sanson, Gaspar, Jordan, Lance K. B., McClellan, David B., Miller, Margaret W., Molloy, Philip P., Mumby, Peter J., Nagelkerken, Ivan, Nemeth, Michael, Navas-Camacho, Raul, Pitt, Joanna, Polunin, Nicholas V. C., Reyes-Nivia, Maria Catalina, Robertson, D. Ross, Rodriguez-Ramirez, Alberto, Salas, Eva, Smith, Struan R., Spieler, Richard E., Steele, Mark A., Williams, Ivor D., Wormald, Clare L., Watkinson, Andrew R. and Cote, Isabelle M. (2009) Recent region-wide declines in Caribbean reef fish abundance. Current Biology, 19 7: 590-595. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.02.041

Author Paddack, Michelle J.
Reynolds, John D.
Aguilar, Consuelo
Appeldoorn, Richard S.
Beets, Jim
Burkett, Edward W.
Chittaro, Paul M.
Clarke, Kristen
Esteves, Rene
Fonseca, Ana C.
Forrester, Graham E.
Friedlander, Alan M.
Garcia-Sais, Jorge
Gonzalez-Sanson, Gaspar
Jordan, Lance K. B.
McClellan, David B.
Miller, Margaret W.
Molloy, Philip P.
Mumby, Peter J.
Nagelkerken, Ivan
Nemeth, Michael
Navas-Camacho, Raul
Pitt, Joanna
Polunin, Nicholas V. C.
Reyes-Nivia, Maria Catalina
Robertson, D. Ross
Rodriguez-Ramirez, Alberto
Salas, Eva
Smith, Struan R.
Spieler, Richard E.
Steele, Mark A.
Williams, Ivor D.
Wormald, Clare L.
Watkinson, Andrew R.
Cote, Isabelle M.
Title Recent region-wide declines in Caribbean reef fish abundance
Journal name Current Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0960-9822
Publication date 2009-04-14
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.cub.2009.02.041
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 7
Start page 590
End page 595
Total pages 6
Place of publication Cambridge, MA, United States
Publisher Cell Press
Language eng
Abstract Profound ecological changes are occurring on coral reefs throughout the tropics [1] , [2] and [3] , with marked coral cover losses and concomitant algal increases, particularly in the Caribbean region [4]. Historical declines in the abundance of large Caribbean reef fishes likely reflect centuries of overexploitation 5 J.B.C. Jackson, Reefs since Columbus. Coral Reefs, 16 (1997), pp. S23–S32. | View Record in Scopus | | Full Text via CrossRef | Cited By in Scopus (174) [5] , [6] and [7] . However, effects of drastic recent degradation of reef habitats on reef fish assemblages have yet to be established. By using meta-analysis, we analyzed time series of reef fish density obtained from 48 studies that include 318 reefs across the Caribbean and span the time period 1955–2007. Our analyses show that overall reef fish density has been declining significantly for more than a decade, at rates that are consistent across all subregions of the Caribbean basin (2.7% to 6.0% loss per year) and in three of six trophic groups. Changes in fish density over the past half-century are modest relative to concurrent changes in benthic cover on Caribbean reefs. However, the recent significant decline in overall fish abundance and its consistency across several trophic groups and among both fished and nonfished species indicate that Caribbean fishes have begun to respond negatively to habitat degradation.
Keyword EVO_ECOL
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID NE/CO04442/1
OGP01 5284
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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