Overfishing may create a new dynamic on Caribbean coral reefs

ParrotfishDr. Bob Steneck was part of an international study recently published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that highlights the delicate balance that exists between bioerosion and carbonate or limestone production on coral reefs.

This publication entitled:  “Changing dynamics of Caribbean reef carbonate budgets: emergency of reef bioeroders as critical controls on present and future reef growth potential” was carried out in collaboration with The University of Auckland, New Zealand; Memorial University, Canada; James Cook University, Australia; the University of Maine, USA and the University of Queensland, Australia.

The work was funded by a Leverhulme Trust (UK) International Research Network Grant.