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Meeting fisheries, ecosystem function, and biodiversity goals in a human-dominated world


Cinner, JE and Zamborain-Mason, J and Gurney, GG and Graham, NAJ and MacNeil, MA and Hoey, AS and Mora, C and Villeger, S and Maire, E and McClanahan, TR and Maina, JM and Kittenger, KN and Hicks, CC and D'agata, S and Huchery, C and Barnes, ML and Feary, DA and Williams, ID and Kulbicki, M and Vigliola, L and Wantiez, L and Edgar, GJ and Stuart-Smith, RD and Sandin, SA and Green, AL and Beger, M and Friedlander, AM and Wilson, SK and Brokovich, E and Brooks, AJ and Cruz-Motta, JJ and Booth, DJ and Chabanet, P and Tupper, M and Ferse, SCA and Sumaila, UR and Hardt, MJ and Mouillot, D, Meeting fisheries, ecosystem function, and biodiversity goals in a human-dominated world, Science, 368, (6488) pp. 307-311. ISSN 0036-8075 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1126/science.aax9412


The worldwide decline of coral reefs necessitates targeting management solutions that can sustain reefs and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them. However, little is known about the context in which different reef management tools can help to achieve multiple social and ecological goals. Because of nonlinearities in the likelihood of achieving combined fisheries, ecological function, and biodiversity goals along a gradient of human pressure, relatively small changes in the context in which management is implemented could have substantial impacts on whether these goals are likely to be met. Critically, management can provide substantial conservation benefits to most reefs for fisheries and ecological function, but not biodiversity goals, given their degraded state and the levels of human pressure they face.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Reef Life Survey, coral reef, fish, biodiversity, functional traits, indicators
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
UTAS Author:Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)
ID Code:138614
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:59
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-04-17
Last Modified:2020-12-08

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