Effective protection of fish on inshore coral reefs depends on the scale of mangrove -reef connectivity

Martin, Tyson S. H., Olds, Andrew D., Pitt, Kylie A., Johnston, Alana B., Butler, Ian R., Maxwell, Paul S. and Connolly, Rod M. (2015) Effective protection of fish on inshore coral reefs depends on the scale of mangrove -reef connectivity. Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 527 157-165. doi:10.3354/meps11295

Author Martin, Tyson S. H.
Olds, Andrew D.
Pitt, Kylie A.
Johnston, Alana B.
Butler, Ian R.
Maxwell, Paul S.
Connolly, Rod M.
Title Effective protection of fish on inshore coral reefs depends on the scale of mangrove -reef connectivity
Journal name Marine Ecology - Progress Series   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0171-8630
Publication date 2015-05-07
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3354/meps11295
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 527
Start page 157
End page 165
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publisher Inter-Research
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
1104 Aquatic Science
2303 Ecology
Abstract Connectivity is an important consideration in conservation, but is rarely quantified when assessing marine reserve performance. Mangrove-reef connectivity is known to enhance reserve effectiveness when habitats are close together (< 250 m apart). Coral reefs are, however, often farther from mangroves, making it difficult to integrate mangrove-reef connectivity into conservation more widely. To determine if connectivity affects reserve performance beyond 250 m, we examined effects on reef fish in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. Reserves affected fish assemblages and enhanced the abundances of harvested species and key functional groups on reefs within 500 m of mangroves (about 10 times greater inside reserves), but not on isolated reefs. Connectivity can affect reserve performance over broader distances than previously shown. We suggest that connectivity effects on inshore reef fish may simply be amplified on reefs located closest to adjacent mangroves, provided those reefs are within the migratory capabilities of fish. Mangrove-reef connectivity should be viewed as an important conservation target and may be broadly incorporated into reserve design by prioritizing the protection of seascapes where mangroves and reefs are closest.
Keyword Australia
Conservation planning
Coral reef
Marine reserve
Seascape ecology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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