To make sure busy resource managers have access to the latest coral reef and reef fishery science and management strategies, the Reef Resilience Network compiles summaries and links to recent scientific publications. We select articles we think are relevant to resource managers working to address the impacts of global climate change and other stressors at local scales, and who are building resilience into daily management activities.


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Evaluating The Relative Conservation Value Of Fully And Partially Protected Marine Areas

Marine protected areas (MPAs) offer various states of protection and are often viewed as a conflict between conservation and fishing. This study synthesized research that compared partially protected areas (PPAs), no-take reserves (NTRs) and open access areas (Open), to assess the potential benefits of different levels of protections of fish populations. Response to protection was […]

Locations: Global


The Influence Of Fisher Knowledge On The Susceptibility Of Reef Fish Aggregations To Fishing

Interview-based surveys were conducted with 16 fishers each from two fishing communities in Papua New Guinea, to examine how local context influenced heterogeneity in knowledge of reef fish aggregation behavior. The communities studied differed in geography, importance of fishing as an occupation, coastal geomorphology, fishing gear type and customary marine tenure. Difference between the 2 […]

Locations: Pacific


Density-Dependent Effects On Initial Growth Of A Branching Coral Under Restoration

Coral reef restoration is a process by which key habitat-forming species are reestablished in threatened coral ecosystems to help them recover from severe declines. However, alternative possible outcomes may result from out-planting coral fragments individually or in larger aggregations. It has been suggested that out-plants within aggregations might suffer from either negative interactions with neighbors […]

Locations: Caribbean


Marine Zoning In St. Kitts And Nevis: A Design For Sustainable Management In The Caribbean

This paper details a marine zoning process for the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Eastern Caribbean, incorporating the use of marine spatial planning (MSP) and marine zoning to address multiple uses in the same ocean space. Multiple uses include coastal protection, food security, tourism amenities, biodiversity protection and climate change adaptation. […]

Locations: Caribbean


Sewage Pollution: Mitigation Is Key For Coral Reef Stewardship

In this new paper, the authors highlight the importance of addressing sewage, a global stressor affecting coral reefs. The authors note that of 112 coral reef geographies, 104 have documented sewage contamination problems, with the majority documenting direct ocean discharge. Despite this threat, the authors find that scientists and conservationists have paid less attention to […]


The Intrinsic Vulnerability To Fishing Of Coral Reef Fishes And Their Differential Recovery In Fishery Closures

Coral reef fisheries play a role in livelihoods and local economies around the world, but the impacts of fishing on targeted species of reef fish is poorly understood. The authors of this study examined the vulnerability of different species of coral reef fish to fisheries and evaluated the effectiveness of no-take reserves and periodically-harvested closures. […]


Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case For Action – 2015

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, in partnership with the University of Queensland, Boston Consulting Group, and WWF, has just launched a new report: Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case For Action – 2015, illustrating the economic case for ocean conservation. The authors estimate that the total economic value of coastal and oceanic environments is at least US$24 trillion. […]


Herbivory And The Resilience Of Caribbean Coral Reefs: Knowledge Gaps And Implications For Management

This paper explores herbivory and how it affects the resilience of coral reefs in the Caribbean. The authors identify important knowledge gaps that limit our ability to predict when herbivores are most likely to support resilience. The authors explore: What processes operate to prevent or facilitate coral persistence and recovery, and how are these influenced […]

Locations: Caribbean


Recovery Potential Of The World’s Coral Reef Fishes

Fishing is the primary source of reduced reef function globally. Marine reserves are a critical tool to help fish populations recover, however, there are no benchmarks to determine if the protection is effective, or whether a reserve has recovered enough to be fished again. By studying remote and marine protected areas, they estimate how many […]


Biogeography And Change Among Regional Coral Communities Across The Western Indian Ocean

Following the major 1998 coral bleaching event between 2004 and 2011, 291 coral sites from 11 Western Indian Ocean (WIO) countries were surveyed to evaluate regional biogeographic patterns of coral communities along latitudinal gradients and in relation to biogeography and fisheries management. Coral reef abundance, biodiversity, and susceptibility to bleaching were assessed during that period […]