Natural Reefs and Artificial Reefs: How comparative are they?

This topic submitted by Cassie Burns ( booner8@hotmail.com) at 11:39 AM on 8/5/03.

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As the human population increases, there are more and more anthropogenic stresses imposed on natural coral reefs on a global scale. As these aquatic ecosystems are destroyed, there are huge declines in species richness and diversity of fish species (Clark S. et al, 1999). There have been several studies to show that artificial reefs could be potential tools to restore the marine habitats that are currently being destroyed (Abelson A. et al, 2001). These studies look at existing artificial reefs and also the creation of new, well-planned artificial reefs. In tropical waters, artificial reefs have been used to study many fish community structures, the recruitment of fish, and settling preferences (Rilov G. et al, 1998).

Here,....we compared "natural" and recently constructed "artificial" reefs in San Salvador, Bahamas in terms of fish species composition and abundance at both reef types. Go here to read my final report..........Natural Reefs and Artificial Reefs: How comparative are they?

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