'Fishy Lawnmowers' Help Save Coral Reefs
November 14, 2011
"Researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara have found that certain fish may help coral reefs recover from cyclones and predators.
Coral reefs around the world are under threat from rising sea temperatures and over fishing. However, researchers have discovered one location in the South Pacific Island of Moorea where the coral seems to be protected by parrotfish and surgeonfish.
Coral reefs that suffer large losses of live coral often become overgrown with algae and never recover. However, the reefs around Moorea experienced large losses of coral in the past—most recently in the 1980s—and each time they have recovered."
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