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A Positive Trajectory for Corals at Little Cayman Island

Show simple item record Manfrino, Carrie Jacoby, Charles A. Camp, Emma Frazer, Thomas K. 2016-10-31T16:54:40Z 2016-10-31T16:54:40Z 2013-10-09
dc.identifier.citation Manfrino C, Jacoby CA, Camp E, Frazer TK (2013). A Positive Trajectory for Corals at Little Cayman Island. PLoS ONE 8(10): e75432. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0075432 es_CR
dc.description.abstract Coral reefs are damaged by natural disturbances and local and global anthropogenic stresses. As stresses intensify, so do debates about whether reefs will recover after significant damage. True headway in this debate requires documented temporal trajectories for coral assemblages subjected to various combinations of stresses; therefore, we report relevant changes in coral assemblages at Little Cayman Island. Between 1999 and 2012, spatiotemporal patterns in cover, densities of juveniles and size structure of assemblages were documented inside and outside marine protected areas using transects, quadrats and measurements of maximum diameters. Over five years, bleaching and disease caused live cover to decrease from 26% to 14%, with full recovery seven years later. Juvenile densities varied, reaching a maximum in 2010. Both patterns were consistent within and outside protected areas. In addition, dominant coral species persisted within and outside protected areas although their size frequency distributions varied temporally and spatially. The health of the coral assemblage and the similarity of responses across levels of protection suggested that negligible anthropogenic disturbance at the local scale was a key factor underlying the observed resilience. es_CR
dc.language.iso en es_CR
dc.subject coral reefs es_CR
dc.subject anthropogenic stressors es_CR
dc.subject natural disturbances es_CR
dc.subject Little Cayman Island es_CR
dc.subject overfishing es_CR
dc.subject sobrepesca es_CR
dc.subject los arrecifes de coral es_CR
dc.subject perturbaciones naturales es_CR
dc.title A Positive Trajectory for Corals at Little Cayman Island es_CR
dc.type Article es_CR

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