Influence of macroalgal cover on coral colony growth rates on fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica: a letter report

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/293926
Title:
Influence of macroalgal cover on coral colony growth rates on fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica: a letter report
Authors:
Crabbe, M. James C.
Abstract:
This study investigated the hypothesis that alterations in macroalgal cover significantly influenced the growth rates of coral colonies on the fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica. For colonies of Montastrea annularis, Porites astreoides, and Sidastrea siderea, radial growth rates were significantly (p<0.02) higher at Dairy Bull (where Diadema antillarum had removed macroalgal cover) than at either M1 or Rio Bueno (where there was c. 80% macroalgal cover). For colonies of Colpophyllia natans and Montastrea fankseii, radial growth rates were significantly (p<0.02) higher at Dairy Bull than at Rio Bueno. It has been suggested that macroalgal shading as well as contact is a significant inhibitor of coral growth, and our results are in accord with that hypothesis. These studies suggest that marine park managers should foster macroalgal predation wherever possible, in order to limit the irreversible decline of coral reefs.
Citation:
Crabbe, M.J.C. (2008) 'Influence of Macroalgal cover on coral colony growth rates on fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica: a letter report', The Open Marine Biology Journal, 2 (1), pp.1-6
Publisher:
Bentham Open
Journal:
The Open Marine Biology Journal
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/293926
DOI:
10.2174/1874450800802010001
Additional Links:
http://benthamscience.com/open/openaccess.php?tombj/articles/V002/1TOMBJ.htm
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
18744508
Appears in Collections:
Environmental Monitoring Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorCrabbe, M. James C.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-13T14:48:15Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-13T14:48:15Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationCrabbe, M.J.C. (2008) 'Influence of Macroalgal cover on coral colony growth rates on fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica: a letter report', The Open Marine Biology Journal, 2 (1), pp.1-6en_GB
dc.identifier.issn18744508-
dc.identifier.doi10.2174/1874450800802010001-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/293926-
dc.description.abstractThis study investigated the hypothesis that alterations in macroalgal cover significantly influenced the growth rates of coral colonies on the fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica. For colonies of Montastrea annularis, Porites astreoides, and Sidastrea siderea, radial growth rates were significantly (p<0.02) higher at Dairy Bull (where Diadema antillarum had removed macroalgal cover) than at either M1 or Rio Bueno (where there was c. 80% macroalgal cover). For colonies of Colpophyllia natans and Montastrea fankseii, radial growth rates were significantly (p<0.02) higher at Dairy Bull than at Rio Bueno. It has been suggested that macroalgal shading as well as contact is a significant inhibitor of coral growth, and our results are in accord with that hypothesis. These studies suggest that marine park managers should foster macroalgal predation wherever possible, in order to limit the irreversible decline of coral reefs.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBentham Openen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://benthamscience.com/open/openaccess.php?tombj/articles/V002/1TOMBJ.htmen_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to The Open Marine Biology Journalen_GB
dc.subjectmacroalgal shadingen_GB
dc.subjectcoral growthen_GB
dc.subjectcoral growth ratesen_GB
dc.subjectJamaicaen_GB
dc.titleInfluence of macroalgal cover on coral colony growth rates on fringing reefs of Discovery Bay, Jamaica: a letter reporten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThe Open Marine Biology Journalen_GB
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