Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Local Interventions Boost Coral's Resilience to Bleaching

Corals fared better after researchers picked off some snails.

Caption Side by side images compare a healthy brain coral at left, and one that has experienced 100 percent bleaching from the combined stresses of warm water and predators. (Credit: Duke University) Click to Enlarge.
Local conservation actions can significantly boost coral's resilience to, and recovery from, climate-induced thermal bleaching by reducing other energy-sapping stresses the coral faces, a new study finds.  Scientists found they could reduce the extent of bleaching by half if they removed or reduced populations of coral-eating snails from affected reefs.  The coral's recovery from bleaching was also enhanced.

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