For the week of 20 May 2019
Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,
Communications Biology has published, Artificial reefs facilitate tropical fish at their range edge.
Abstract: Spatial planning increasingly incorporates theoretical predictions that artificial habitats assist species movement at or beyond range edges, yet evidence for this is uncommon. We conducted surveys of highly mobile fauna (fishes) on artificial habitats (reefs) on the southeastern USA continental shelf to test whether, in comparison to natural reefs, artificial reefs enhance local abundance and biomass of fishes at their poleward range margins. Here, we show that while temperate fishes were more abundant on natural reefs, tropical, and subtropical fishes exhibited higher abundances and biomasses on deep (25–35 m) artificial reefs. Further analyses reveal that this effect depended on feeding guilds because planktivorous and piscivorous but not herbivorous fishes were more abundant on artificial reefs. This is potentially due to heightened prey availability on and structural complexity of artificial reefs. Our findings demonstrate that artificial habitats can facilitate highly mobile species at range edges and suggest these habitats assist poleward species movement.
As always, if we've missed anything, please feel free to let us know. You may simply reply to this message, or you may email Allie directly at: abrown [at] openchannels.org.
You can read everything (not just the free stuff) we have found this week at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-update/2019-05-22.
Additionally, you can browse literature by the week we've added it at https://www.openchannels.org/literature-by-week.
Thank you for being part of the OpenChannels Community,
– Allie Brown, Raye Evrard, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team
OA: Trathan, P. N. et al. Managing fishery development in sensitive ecosystems: identifying penguin habitat use to direct management in Antarctica. Ecosphere 9, e02392 (2018).
Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming
OA: Saba, G. K. et al. Recommended priorities for research on ecological impacts of ocean and coastal acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2019.04.022
Coastal and Offshore Energy
OA: Best, B. D. & Halpin, P. N. Minimizing wildlife impacts for offshore wind energy development: Winning tradeoffs for seabirds in space and cetaceans in time. PLOS ONE 14, e0215722 (2019).
OA: Morikawa, M. K. & Palumbi, S. R. Using naturally occurring climate resilient corals to construct bleaching-resistant nurseries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 201721415 (2019). doi:10.1073/pnas.1721415116
Fisheries and Fisheries Management
OA: Steiner, N. S. et al. Impacts of the Changing Ocean-Sea Ice System on the Key Forage Fish Arctic Cod (Boreogadus Saida) and Subsistence Fisheries in the Western Canadian Arctic—Evaluating Linked Climate, Ecosystem and Economic (CEE) Models. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).
Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)
OA: Paxton, A. B. et al. Artificial reefs facilitate tropical fish at their range edge. Communications Biology 2, (2019).
OA: Barth, J. A. et al. Better Regional Ocean Observing Through Cross-National Cooperation: A Case Study From the Northeast Pacific. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).
Preprint: Bouchet, P. J. et al. Better Model Transfers Require Knowledge of Mechanisms. Trends in Ecology & Evolution (2019).
OA: Williams, S. L. et al. Large-scale coral reef rehabilitation after blast fishing in Indonesia. Restoration Ecology 27, 447 - 456 (2019).
Sea-level Rise, Coastal Flooding, and Storm Events
OA: Hijuelos, A. Commagere et al. Linking management planning for coastal wetlands to potential future wave attenuation under a range of relative sea-level rise scenarios. PLOS ONE 14, e0216695 (2019).