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We are already seeing movement away from coral reef fisheries (Nature Seychelles/Harold Perrine) We are already seeing movement away from coral reef fisheries (Nature Seychelles/Harold Perrine)
16 January

Beyond coral reefs: Tropical marine conservation needs to change as coral reefs decline

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There is an urgent need to act on the warnings of a widespread decline in the productivity of coral reef fisheries, and broaden the focus of tropical marine conservation, say a group of experienced marine scientists. "Burying our heads in the sand as fisheries move and their negative impact is concentrated elsewhere can no longer be an option for marine conservation.

The world needs to look at how conservation efforts can maximise fisheries resources and sustainability throughout the tropical marine seascape. This is not about moving away from coral reef conservation, it’s about taking a much more holistic view of tropical marine conservation. We need to now think about how we can ensure people can continue to sustain themselves into the future. All too often tropical conservation ignores anything that isn’t coral. A rapidly changing climate means that such tunnel vision conservation is no longer viable."

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Beyond coral reefs. There is an urgent need to act on the warnings of a widespread decline in the productivity of coral reef fisheries, and broaden the focus of tropical marine conservation, say a group of experienced marine scientists. "Burying our heads in the sand as fisheries move and their negative impact is concentrated elsewhere can no longer be an option for marine conservation. The world needs to look at how conservation efforts can maximise fisheries resources and sustainability throughout the tropical marine seascape. This is not about moving away from coral reef conservation, it’s about taking a much more holistic view of tropical marine conservation. We need to now think about how we can ensure people can continue to sustain themselves into the future. All too often tropical conservation ignores anything that isn’t coral. A rapidly changing climate means that such tunnel vision conservation is no longer viable."

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