Title

Mangrove Loss Leads to Fish Hyperutilization of Seagrass Beds in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Abstract

Hurricanes severely damaged a mangrove forest in a UNESCO biosphere reserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The system has yet to recover and when alternative habitats have been destroyed, it is shown that juvenile fishes will hyperutilize seagrass beds at densities significantly greater than in areas that maintain functioning mangroves. Despite over a decade of recovery time, the affected mangrove system remains inhospitable to juvenile fishes.

DOI

10.1111/jfb.12375

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