Variation in size frequency distribution of coral populations under different fishing pressures in two contrasting locations in the Indian Ocean

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Grimsditch, Gabriel, Pisapia, Chiara, Huck, Maren, Karisa, Juliet, Obura, David and Sweet, Michael J. 2017. Variation in size frequency distribution of coral populations under different fishing pressures in two contrasting locations in the Indian Ocean. Marine Environmental Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.09.017
AuthorsGrimsditch, Gabriel, Pisapia, Chiara, Huck, Maren, Karisa, Juliet, Obura, David and Sweet, Michael J.
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This study aimed to assess how the size-frequency distributions of coral genera varied between reefs under different fishing pressures in two contrasting Indian Ocean locations (the Maldives and East Africa). Using generalized linear mixed models, we were able to demonstrate that complex interactions occurred between coral genera, coral size class and fishing pressure. In both locations, we found Acropora coral species to be more abundant in non-fished compared to fished sites (a pattern which was consistent for nearly all the assessed size classes). Coral genera classified as ‘stress tolerant’ showed a contrasting pattern i.e. were higher in abundance in fished compared to non-fished sites. Site specific variations were also observed. For example, Maldivian reefs exhibited a significantly higher abundance in all size classes of ‘competitive’ corals compared to East Africa. This possibly indicates that East African reefs have already been subjected to higher levels of stress and are therefore less suitable environments for ‘competitive’ corals. This study also highlights the potential structure and composition of reefs under future degradation scenarios, for example with a loss of Acropora corals and an increase in dominance of ‘stress tolerant’ and ‘generalist’ coral genera.

KeywordsCoral reef; Fisheries; Ecosystem management; Coastal waters; Population
Year2017
JournalMarine Environmental Research
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1411136
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.09.017
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/621873
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Publication dates23 Sep 2017
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Accepted21 Sep 2017
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Is Acropora Palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezuela
Croquer, Aldo, Cavada-Blanco, Francoise, Zubillaga, Ainhoa L., Agudo-Adriani, Esteban A. and Sweet, Michael J. 2016. Is Acropora Palmata recovering? A case study in Los Roques National Park, Venezuela. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1539
Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes
Cook, J. M., Edwards, Arwyn, Bulling, Mark T., Mur, Luis A .J., Cook, Sophie, Gokul, Jarishma K., Cameron, Karen A., Sweet, Michael J. and Irvine-Fynn, Tristram D. L. 2016. Metabolome-mediated biocryomorphic evolution promotes carbon fixation in Greenlandic cryoconite holes. Environmental Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.13349
When Dads Help: Male Behavioral Care During Primate Infant Development
Huck, Maren and Fernández-Duque, Eduardo 2012. When Dads Help: Male Behavioral Care During Primate Infant Development. in: Springer.
The behavior, ecology, and social evolution of New World monkey
Fernández-Duque, Eduardo, Di Fiore, Anthony and Huck, Maren 2012. The behavior, ecology, and social evolution of New World monkey. in: University of Chicago Press.
Age-related shifts in bacterial diversity in a reef coral
Williams, Alex D., Putchim, Lalita, Brown, Barbara E. and Sweet, Michael J. 2015. Age-related shifts in bacterial diversity in a reef coral. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0144902
Demographic parameters and events in wild moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax)
Löttker, Petra, Huck, Maren and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2004. Demographic parameters and events in wild moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). American Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.20090
Paternity and kinship patterns in polyandrous moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax)
Huck, Maren, Löttker, Petra, Böhle, Uta-Regina and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2005. Paternity and kinship patterns in polyandrous moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). American Journal of Physical Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.20136
The many faces of helping: possible costs and benefits of infant carrying and food transfer in wild moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax)
Löttker, Petra, Huck, Maren and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2004. The many faces of helping: possible costs and benefits of infant carrying and food transfer in wild moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1163/1568539042265635
Aspects of the behavioral and endocrine ontogeny of six moustached tamarins, Saguinus mystax (Callitrichinae)
Huck, Maren, Löttker, Petra, Heymann, Eckhard W. and Heistermann, Michael 2004. Aspects of the behavioral and endocrine ontogeny of six moustached tamarins, Saguinus mystax (Callitrichinae). Neotropical Primates. https://doi.org/10.1896/1413-4705.12.3.131
Grooming relationships between breeding females and adult group members in cooperatively breeding moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax)
Löttker, Petra, Huck, Maren, Zinner, Dietmar P. and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2007. Grooming relationships between breeding females and adult group members in cooperatively breeding moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). American Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.20411
Long-term patterns of sleeping site use in wild saddleback (Saguinus fuscicollis) and moustached tamarins (S. mystax): effects of foraging, thermoregulation, predation, and resource defense constraints
Smith, Andrew C., Knogge, Christoph, Huck, Maren, Löttker, Petra, Buchanan-Smith, Hannah M. and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2007. Long-term patterns of sleeping site use in wild saddleback (Saguinus fuscicollis) and moustached tamarins (S. mystax): effects of foraging, thermoregulation, predation, and resource defense constraints. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.20676
Double effort: parental behavior of wild Azara's owl monkeys in the face of twins
Huck, Maren, Van Lunenburg, Mari, Dávalos, Victor, Rotundo, Marcelo, Di Fiore, Anthony and Fernández-Duque, Eduardo 2014. Double effort: parental behavior of wild Azara's owl monkeys in the face of twins. American Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22256
Endocrine correlates of reproductive status in breeding and nonbreeding wild female Moustached Tamarins
Löttker, Petra, Huck, Maren, Heymann, Eckhard W. and Heistermann, Michael 2004. Endocrine correlates of reproductive status in breeding and nonbreeding wild female Moustached Tamarins. International Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:IJOP.0000029129.52481.e4
Proximate mechanisms of reproductive monopolization in male moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax)
Huck, Maren, Löttker, Petra and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2004. Proximate mechanisms of reproductive monopolization in male moustached tamarins (Saguinus mystax). American Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.20060
Spatio-genetic population structure in mustached tamarins,Saguinus mystax
Huck, Maren, Roos, Christian and Heymann, Eckhard W. 2007. Spatio-genetic population structure in mustached tamarins,Saguinus mystax. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.20559
Characterization and social correlates of fecal testosterone and cortisol excretion in wild male Saguinus mystax
Huck, Maren, Löttker, Petra, Heymann, Eckhard W. and Heistermann, Michael 2005. Characterization and social correlates of fecal testosterone and cortisol excretion in wild male Saguinus mystax. International Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-005-0728-8
Correlates of genetic monogamy in socially monogamous mammals: insights from Azara's owl monkeys
Huck, Maren, Fernández-Duque, Eduardo, Babb, Paul and Schurr, Theodore 2014. Correlates of genetic monogamy in socially monogamous mammals: insights from Azara's owl monkeys. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0195
Decadal environmental ‘memory’ in a reef coral?
Brown, Barbara E., Dunne, Richard P., Edwards, Alasdair J., Sweet, Michael J. and Phongsuwan, Niphon 2014. Decadal environmental ‘memory’ in a reef coral? Marine Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-014-2596-2
Identification of a bacterial pathogen associated with Porites white patch syndrome in the Western Indian Ocean
Séré, Mathieu G., Chabanet, Pascale, Quod, Jean-Pascal, Sweet, Michael J., Tortosa, Pablo and Schleyer, Michael 2015. Identification of a bacterial pathogen associated with Porites white patch syndrome in the Western Indian Ocean. Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13326
Diseases in marine invertebrates associated with mariculture and commercial fisheries
Sweet, Michael J. and Bateman, Kelly S. 2015. Diseases in marine invertebrates associated with mariculture and commercial fisheries. Journal of Sea Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.06.016
Fostering effective international collaboration for marine science in small island states
Alexander, Steven M., Kritzer, Jacob P., Sweet, Michael J., Johnson, Ayana Elizabeth, Amargós, Fabian P., Smith, Nicola S., Peterson, Angelie M., Hind, Edward and Green, Stephanie 2015. Fostering effective international collaboration for marine science in small island states. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2015.00086
Geographically conserved rates of background mortality among common reef-building corals in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives, versus northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Pisapia, Chiara, Sweet, Michael J., Sweatman, Hugh and Pratchett, Morgan 2015. Geographically conserved rates of background mortality among common reef-building corals in Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives, versus northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Marine Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00227-015-2694-9
Ciliate communities consistently associated with coral diseases
Sweet, Michael J. and Séré, Mathieu G. 2015. Ciliate communities consistently associated with coral diseases. Journal of Sea Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.06.008
Diseases in coral aquaculture: causes, implications and preventions
Kramarsky-Winter, Esti, Sweet, Michael J., Leal, Miguel Costa, Sheridan, Christopher and Kushmaro, Ariel 2013. Diseases in coral aquaculture: causes, implications and preventions. Aquaculture. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.02.037
The distribution and abundance of black band disease and white syndrome in Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia
Bengen, Dietriech Geoffrey, Sweet, Michael J., Johan, Ofri, Zamani, Neviaty P. Zamani and Suharsono, Suharsono 2015. The distribution and abundance of black band disease and white syndrome in Kepulauan Seribu, Indonesia. HAYATI Journal of Biosciences. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hjb.2015.09.001
Baseline coral disease surveys within three marine parks in Sabah, Borneo
Sweet, Michael J., Wood, Elizabeth, Miller, Jennifer and Bythell, John C. 2015. Baseline coral disease surveys within three marine parks in Sabah, Borneo. PeerJ. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1391
Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots
Sweet, Michael J. and Singleton, Ian 2015. Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-015-3246-4
Microbial communities associated with healthy and White Syndrome-affected Echinopora lamellosa in aquaria and experimental treatment with the antibiotic Ampicillin
Smith, David, Leary, Peter, Craggs, Jamie, Bythell, John C. and Sweet, Michael J. 2015. Microbial communities associated with healthy and White Syndrome-affected Echinopora lamellosa in aquaria and experimental treatment with the antibiotic Ampicillin. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121780
White Syndrome in Acropora muricata: nonspecific bacterial infection and ciliate histophagy
Sweet, Michael J. and Bythell, John C. 2015. White Syndrome in Acropora muricata: nonspecific bacterial infection and ciliate histophagy. Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.13097
A novel sponge disease caused by a consortium of micro-organisms
Sweet, Michael J., Bulling, Mark T. and Cerrano, Carlo 2015. A novel sponge disease caused by a consortium of micro-organisms. Coral Reefs. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-015-1284-0
Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis
Sweet, Michael J., Croquer, Aldo and Bythell, John C. 2014. Experimental antibiotic treatment identifies potential pathogens of white band disease in the endangered Caribbean coral Acropora cervicornis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2014.0094
A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium echinopora lamellosa
Smith, David, Leary, Peter, Bendall, Mark, Flach, Edmund, Jones, Rachel and Sweet, Michael J. 2014. A novel investigation of a blister-like syndrome in aquarium echinopora lamellosa. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097018
Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals
Sweet, Michael J., Craggs, Jamie, Robson, James and Bythell, John C. 2013. Assessment of the microbial communities associated with white syndrome and brown jelly syndrome in aquarium corals.
Microsatellites for microbiologists
Sweet, Michael J., Scriven, Lucinda A. and Singleton, Ian 2012. Microsatellites for microbiologists. Advances in Applied Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-394382-8.00005-8
Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature
Sweet, Michael J., Jones, Rachel and Bythell, John C. 2013. Coral diseases in aquaria and in nature. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315411001688
Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals
Sweet, Michael J., Croquer, Aldo, Bythell, John C. and Lopez-Garcia, Purification 2013. Development of bacterial biofilms on artificial corals in comparison to surface-associated microbes of hard corals. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0021195
Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta
Sweet, Michael J., Burn, Deborah, Croquer, Aldo, Leary, Peter and Bereswill, Stefan 2013. Characterisation of the bacterial and fungal communities associated with different lesion sizes of Dark Spot Syndrome occurring in the Coral Stephanocoenia intersepta. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0062580
Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations
Sweet, Michael J., Kirkham, Nigel, Bendall, Mark, Currey, Leanne, Bythell, John C., Heupel, Michelle and Vartanian, Jean-Pierre 2013. Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0041989
Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement
Sweet, Michael J. 2013. Metal-based nanoparticles; size, function and areas for advancement. in:
Habitat suitability, corridors and dispersal barriers for large carnivores in Poland
Huck, Maren, Jędrzejewski, Włodzimierz, Borowik, Tomasz, Miłosz-Cielma, Małgorzata, Schmidt, Krzysztof, Jędrzejewska, Bogumiła, Nowak, Sabina and Mysłajek, Robert W. 2010. Habitat suitability, corridors and dispersal barriers for large carnivores in Poland. Acta Theriologica. https://doi.org/10.4098/j.at.0001-7051.114.2009
Analyses of least cost paths for determining effects of habitat types on landscape permeability: wolves in Poland
Huck, Maren, Jędrzejewski, Włodzimierz, Borowik, Tomasz, Jędrzejewska, Bogumiła, Nowak, Sabina and Mysłajek, Robert W. 2011. Analyses of least cost paths for determining effects of habitat types on landscape permeability: wolves in Poland. Acta Theriologica. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-010-0006-9
Growth and development in wild Owl Monkeys (Aotus azarai) of Argentina
Huck, Maren, Rotundo, Marcelo and Fernández-Duque, Eduardo 2011. Growth and development in wild Owl Monkeys (Aotus azarai) of Argentina. International Journal of Primatology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-011-9530-y
Till death (or an intruder) do us part: intrasexual-competition in a monogamous Primate
Fernández-Duque, Eduardo and Huck, Maren 2013. Till death (or an intruder) do us part: intrasexual-competition in a monogamous Primate. PLos ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0053724
Urban badger setts: characteristics, patterns of use and management implications
Davison, John, Huck, Maren, Delahay, R. J. and Roper, Timothy J. 2013. Urban badger setts: characteristics, patterns of use and management implications. Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00424.x
Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers
Davison, John, Huck, Maren, Delahay, R. J. and Roper, Timothy J. 2008. Restricted ranging behaviour in a high-density population of urban badgers. Journal of Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2008.00509.x
Low genetic variability, female-biased dispersal and high movement rates in an urban population of Eurasian badgers Meles meles
Huck, Maren, Frantz, Alain C., Dawson, Deborah A., Burke, Terry and Roper, Timothy J. 2008. Low genetic variability, female-biased dispersal and high movement rates in an urban population of Eurasian badgers Meles meles. Journal of Animal Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01415.x
Children of divorce: effects of adult replacements on previous offspring in Argentinean owl monkeys
Huck, Maren and Fernández-Duque, Eduardo 2012. Children of divorce: effects of adult replacements on previous offspring in Argentinean owl monkeys. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-011-1297-9
Comparison of two sampling protocols and four home-range estimators using radio-tracking data from urban badgers Meles meles
Huck, Maren, Davison, John and Roper, Timothy J. 2008. Comparison of two sampling protocols and four home-range estimators using radio-tracking data from urban badgers Meles meles. Wildlife Biology. https://doi.org/10.2981/0909-6396-14.4.467
Predicting European badger Meles meles sett distribution in urban environments
Huck, Maren, Davison, John and Roper, Timothy J. 2008. Predicting European badger Meles meles sett distribution in urban environments. Wildlife Biology. https://doi.org/10.2981/0909-6396(2008)14[188:PEBMMS]2.0.CO;2