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Status of coral reefs of Upolu (Independent State of Samoa) in the South West Pacific and recommendations to promote resilience and recovery of coastal ecosystems

Status of coral reefs of Upolu (Independent State of Samoa) in the South West Pacific and recommendations to promote resilience and recovery of coastal ecosystems

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ZIEGLER, Maren, Gaëlle QUÉRÉ, Jean-François GHIGLIONE, Guillaume IWANKOW, Valérie BARBE, Emilie BOISSIN, Patrick WINCKER, Serge PLANES, Christian R. VOOLSTRA, 2018. Status of coral reefs of Upolu (Independent State of Samoa) in the South West Pacific and recommendations to promote resilience and recovery of coastal ecosystems. In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. Elsevier. 129(1), pp. 392-398. ISSN 0025-326X. eISSN 1879-3363. Available under: doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.02.044

@article{Ziegler2018-04Statu-51081, title={Status of coral reefs of Upolu (Independent State of Samoa) in the South West Pacific and recommendations to promote resilience and recovery of coastal ecosystems}, year={2018}, doi={10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.02.044}, number={1}, volume={129}, issn={0025-326X}, journal={Marine Pollution Bulletin}, pages={392--398}, author={Ziegler, Maren and Quéré, Gaëlle and Ghiglione, Jean-François and Iwankow, Guillaume and Barbe, Valérie and Boissin, Emilie and Wincker, Patrick and Planes, Serge and Voolstra, Christian R.} }

Planes, Serge Boissin, Emilie Quéré, Gaëlle Quéré, Gaëlle Planes, Serge Voolstra, Christian R. 2020-09-29T08:22:49Z 2020-09-29T08:22:49Z eng Ziegler, Maren Iwankow, Guillaume Voolstra, Christian R. Status of coral reefs of Upolu (Independent State of Samoa) in the South West Pacific and recommendations to promote resilience and recovery of coastal ecosystems Coral reef ecosystems worldwide are immediately threatened by the impacts of climate change. Here we report on the condition of coral reefs over 83 km of coastline at the island of Upolu, Samoa in the remote South West Pacific in 2016 during the Tara Pacific Expedition. Despite the distance to large urban centers, coral cover was extremely low (<1%) at approximately half of the sites and below 10% at 78% of sites. Two reef fish species, Acanthurus triostegus and Zanclus cornutus, were 10% smaller at Upolu than at neighboring islands. Importantly, coral cover was higher within marine protected areas, indicating that local management action remains a useful tool to support the resilience of local reef ecosystems to anthropogenic impacts. This study may be interpreted as cautionary sign for reef ecosystem health in remote locations on this planet, reinforcing the need to immediately reduce anthropogenic impacts on a global scale. Wincker, Patrick Ghiglione, Jean-François terms-of-use Barbe, Valérie Iwankow, Guillaume Wincker, Patrick 2018-04 Ziegler, Maren Ghiglione, Jean-François Boissin, Emilie Barbe, Valérie

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