Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected

Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.

Ronan Roche, Research Fellow in Marine Science, Bangor University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: coral-reefs tropical-fish mangroves oil-spill mauritius seagrass indian-ocean oil-pollution

Coral sex: how reproducing species in the lab could be key to restoring reefs in the wild

Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.

Jenny Mallon, PhD Candidate in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: coral-reefs caribbean marine-ecosystems corals sexual-reproduction reef-restoration threatened-habitats

Ocean warming threatens coral reefs and soon could make it harder to restore them

Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.

Shawna Foo, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Arizona State University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change coral-bleaching coral-reefs significant-figures restoration-ecology ocean-warming remote-sensing reef-restoration

Coral reefs: climate change and pesticides could conspire to crash fish populations

Pesticides and high temperatures can disrupt the development of small coral reef fish by targeting their hormones.

Marc Besson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Marine Ecology, École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change pesticides coral-reefs reef-fish

Coral reefs that glow bright neon during bleaching offer hope for recovery – new study

While most corals turn ghostly white when they bleach, some turn neon purple. Scientists were baffled – until now.

Cecilia D'Angelo, Senior Research Fellow, Coral Reef Laboratory, University of Southampton • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change coral coral-bleaching coral-reefs fluorescence marine-heatwaves microalgae

Tropical fisheries: does limiting international trade protect local people and marine life?

Without understanding which fish species and habitats local fishers rely on, export bans can do more harm than good.

Nick Graham, Professor of Marine Ecology, Lancaster University • conversation
March 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  fishing  coral-reefs  palau  marine-protected-areas  seychelles  fisheries-management  tropical-fish

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