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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs$
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Tim McClanahan and George M. Branch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195319958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.001.0001

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Subtidal Kelp-Associated Communities off the Temperate Chilean Coast

Subtidal Kelp-Associated Communities off the Temperate Chilean Coast

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(p.79) 4 Subtidal Kelp-Associated Communities off the Temperate Chilean Coast
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Food Webs and the Dynamics of Marine Reefs
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José M. Fariña

Alvaro T. Palma

F. Patricio Ojeda

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195319958.003.0004

The chapter describes the oceanography, biogeography, and the important role that the El Niño cycle plays in Chilean kelp forest ecology. The structure of the food web from primary producers to consumers is described and the potential effect of the artisanal fishery and effect of the loss of kelp forests on the on the food web and fishery are discussed.

Keywords:   artisanal fishing, crabs, fjords, El Niño, La Niña, demersal, downwelling, Humboldt current, indirect effects, Mediterranean climate, Horn Current System, Magellanic province, pelagic fishes

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