‘Fast-blooming’ seaweed slows Caribbean reef recovery – scientists
SYDNEY, Australia, July 15, CMC – Fast-blooming seaweed is the main reason why the Caribbean’s coral reefs take longer to recover from stress than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in Australia and those in the Indo-Pacific region, Australian marine scientists have said.
“Indo-Pacific reefs have less seaweeds than the Caribbean Sea,” said George Roff of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in Australia in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE).
A study by the ARC, a world-leading research centre on coral reefs, includes survey data from the Indo-Pacific and Caribbean reefs from 1965 to 2010.
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