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Are Conservation Efforts for Coral Reefs Misguided?

Monday, February 15, 2016 11:00 pm EST
"This suggests that conservation efforts are disproportionally targeting reefs that may already be receiving natural or de facto protection due to their isolation"

A recent global analysis indicates that more than half of coral reefs are located less than 30 minutes from the nearest human settlement, but these reefs are receiving less protection than reefs located farther away from people.

“This suggests that conservation efforts are disproportionally targeting reefs that may already be receiving natural or de facto protection due to their isolation,” said Dr. David Mouillot, senior author of the Ecology Lettersarticle.

Additional Information

Maire, E., Cinner, J., Velez, L., Huchery, C., Mora, C., Dagata, S., Vigliola, L., Wantiez, L., Kulbicki, M. and Mouillot, D. (2016), How accessible are coral reefs to people? A global assessment based on travel time. Ecol Lett. doi:10.1111/ele.12577


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