Study suggests commercial fishing depletes key nutrients in coral reefs

The size of the fish feeding on the corals is also important and effects the ecosystem!

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Soft coral under Goff’s Caye, a small island near Caye Caulker in Belize. Photo via Wikimedia Commons. Soft coral under Goff’s Caye, a small island near Caye Caulker in Belize. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

September 29th, 2016 (Mike Gaworecki). In coral reef ecosystems, fish typically constitute a substantial portion of living biomass and thus represent an important reservoir of nutrients. So it makes sense that the removal of biomass via fishing impacts the nutrient capacity of coral reefs. A new study examines how drastic those impacts are.

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