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Adapting to a Changing EnvironmentConfronting the Consequences of Climate Change$
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Tim R. McClanahan and Joshua Cinner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754489

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754489.001.0001

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Climate Change and Coral Reef Fishes and Fisheries

Climate Change and Coral Reef Fishes and Fisheries

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(p.57) 5 Climate Change and Coral Reef Fishes and Fisheries
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Adapting to a Changing Environment
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Tim R. McClanahan

Joshua E. Cinner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754489.003.0005

The chapter provides a summary of the scientific literature on the effects of climate change and coral mortality on fish populations, communities. and reef fisheries. A more detailed evaluation of the 1998 impacts across the Western Indian Ocean is also presented. Evidence for considerable ecological changes is accumulating that will ultimately influence fisheries catches in terms of species composition and yields. The effects of reducing fish biomass on the ecology of the coral reefs are evident throughout the region

Keywords:   bleaching, climate disturbance, fisheries production, recovery, western Indian Ocean

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