Conserving coral reef organisms that lack larval dispersal: are networks of Marine Protected Areas good enough?

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 03/2015
Authors: Paolo Momigliano, Robert Harcourt, Adam Stow
Journal title: Frontiers in Marine Science
Volume: 2
Pages: 1 - 5

Here we discuss how different life history strategies may affect the feasibility of achieving the three requirements for effective long-term conservation (self-seeding, connectivity, and protection). While sedentary organisms with a pelagic larval phase (most reef fishes and invertebrates), readily achieve this trinity (Planes et al., 2009), animals where dispersal only occurs as adults inevitably fail to meet all three requirements simultaneously (Figure 1). Here we propose a potential solution focusing on incorporating information on how habitat shapes adult dispersal to increase connectivity within networks of MPAs.

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