Are conservation efforts for coral reefs misguided?

February 17, 2016, Wiley

A recent global analysis indicates that more than half of coral reefs are located less than 30 minutes from the nearest human settlement, but these reefs are receiving less protection than reefs located farter away from people. This suggests that conservation efforts are targeting reefs that may already be receiving protection due to their isolation.

A recent global analysis indicates that more than half of are located less than 30 minutes from the nearest human settlement, but these reefs are receiving less protection than reefs located farther away from people.

"This suggests that are disproportionally targeting reefs that may already be receiving natural or de facto protection due to their isolation," said Dr. David Mouillot, senior author of the Ecology Letters article.

Explore further: Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs

More information: Eva Maire et al. How accessible are coral reefs to people? A global assessment based on travel time, Ecology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1111/ele.12577

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