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Site-dependent differences in artificial reef function: implications for coral reef restoration
Sherman, R.L.; Gilliam, D.S.; Spieler, R.E. (2001). Site-dependent differences in artificial reef function: implications for coral reef restoration. Bull. Mar. Sci. 69(2): 1053-1056
In: Bulletin of Marine Science. University of Miami Press: Coral Gables. ISSN 0007-4977, more
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    Artificial reefs; Coastal zone management; Coral reefs; Ecosystem management; Environment management; Habitat improvement (physical); Literature reviews; Marine ecology; Nature conservation; Restoration; Marine

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  • Sherman, R.L.
  • Gilliam, D.S.
  • Spieler, R.E.

    There is an increasing use of artificial structure in coral reef restoration. Often artificial reef structures are chosen for a restoration project simply because they were used elsewhere. However, it is questionable whether the results obtained at one restoration site can be extrapolated to another. In recent years, several studies have examined the effects of artificial reef site selection on formation of associated fish, algae, and/or invertebrate assemblages. Although not designed specifically as coral reef restoration projects, the results of these studies lend insight into the problems of restoration. This paper is an overview of recent literature on site selection intended for resource managers interested in using artificial reefs in coral reef restoration. To that end, we re-examined the data from several studies comparing similar artificial reef structures at different sites.

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