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The More the Merrier: Scientists in Madagascar Find Reef Fish Biomass is the Key to Biodiversity

Source: Phys.org/Wildlife Conservation Society - October 19, 2017 in Science/Tech

The More the Merrier: Scientists in Madagascar Find Reef Fish Biomass is the Key to Biodiversity
Photo: Angelo DeSantis/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

A new study appearing in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar’s coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels, according to scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and ES Caribbean.

Based on the findings, the authors recommend that fisheries managers work to ensure that  biomass does not fall below these critical levels. The authors of the paper titled “Managing coral  fish community biomass is a priority for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar” are Tim R. McClanahan of WCS and Catherine Jadot of ES Caribbean.

“Our research found that the most effective way to maintain species and their ecological roles is to prevent fish biomass from falling below a critical level,” said McClanahan, WCS Senior Conservationist and the lead author of the study.

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