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Moray eels are more common on coral reefs subject to higher human pressure in the greater Caribbean

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dc.contributor Univ Tasmania
dc.contributor Dalhousie Univ
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Ctr Sustainable Trop Fisheries & Aquaculture
dc.contributor Biodivers & Conservat Sci
dc.contributor University Of The West Indies
dc.contributor University Of Tasmania
dc.contributor Curtin University
dc.contributor Dept Biodivers Conservat & Attract
dc.contributor Dalhousie University
dc.contributor State University System Of Florida
dc.contributor Bay Acad
dc.contributor Rosenstiel Sch Marine & Atmospher Sci
dc.contributor Integrated Marine Observing Syst
dc.contributor Curtin Univ
dc.contributor Univ Miami
dc.contributor Florida International University
dc.contributor Univ West Indies
dc.contributor Coastlines & Oceans Div
dc.contributor Dept Biol
dc.contributor Florida Int Univ
dc.contributor University Of Miami
dc.contributor Inst Environm
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Dept Biol Sci
dc.contributor Marine Sci Program
dc.contributor James Cook University
dc.contributor James Cook Univ
dc.contributor Sch Mol & Life Sci
dc.contributor Coll Sci & Engn
dc.contributor Bay Ecotarium
dc.contributor.author CHAPMAN, DEMIAN D.
dc.contributor.author CLEMENTI, GINA M.
dc.contributor.author FLOWERS, KATHRYN, I
dc.contributor.author POSTAIRE, BAUTISSE D.
dc.contributor.author BOND, MARK E.
dc.contributor.author CARDENOSA, DIEGO
dc.contributor.author CURREY-RANDALL, LEANNE M.
dc.contributor.author HARVEY, EUAN S.
dc.contributor.author HEUPEL, MICHELLE
dc.contributor.author KYNE, FABIAN
dc.contributor.author MACNEIL, M. AARON
dc.contributor.author BAKKER, JUDITH
dc.contributor.author BABCOCK, ELIZABETH A.
dc.contributor.author BUDDO, DAYNE
dc.contributor.author GOETZE, JORDAN S.
dc.contributor.author KISZKA, JEREMY J.
dc.contributor.author MEEKAN, MARK G.
dc.contributor.author REES, MATTHEW J.
dc.contributor.author SIMPFENDORFER, COLIN A.
dc.contributor.author SPEED, CONRAD W.
dc.contributor.author HEITHAUS, MICHAEL R.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-11T19:10:53Z
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-11T19:10:53Z
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-19T05:26:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-11T19:10:53Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-11T19:10:53Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-19T05:26:19Z
dc.date.issued 2021-03-19
dc.identifier.citation Clementi GM, Bakker J, Flowers KI, Postaire BD, Babcock EA, Bond ME, Buddo D, Cardenosa D, Currey-Randall LM, Goetze JS, Harvey ES, Heupel M, Kiszka JJ, Kyne F, MacNeil MA, Meekan MG, Rees MJ, Simpfendorfer CA, Speed CW, Heithaus MR, Chapman DD (2021) Moray eels are more common on coral reefs subject to higher human pressure in the greater Caribbean, iScience, 24(3):102097
dc.identifier.uri http://epubs.aims.gov.au/11068/16858
dc.description.abstract Proximity and size of the nearest market ('market gravity') have been shown to have strong negative effects on coral reef fish communities that can be mitigated by the establishment of closed areas. However, moray eels are functionally unique predators that are generally not subject to targeted fishing and should therefore not directly be affected by these factors. We used baited remote underwater video systems to investigate associations between morays and anthropogenic, habitat, and ecological factors in the Caribbean region. Market gravity had a positive effect on morays, while the opposite pattern was observed in a predator group subject to exploitation (sharks). Environmental DNA analyses corroborated the positive effect of market gravity on morays. We hypothesize that the observed pattern could be the indirect result of the depletion of moray competitors and predators near humans.
dc.description.sponsorship This work is a contribution of the Global FinPrint Project funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (grant number 11861) and the Shark Conservation Fund. Earthwatch Institute, Moore Bahamas Foundation, Reuter Foundation, Waitt Foundation, and the Moore Family Foundation also provided support. We are grateful to the many staff, students, and volunteers who contributed to BRUVS and eDNA collection and video annotation and Mathew Wyatt for the use of BenthoBox. We thank Joseph Craine, Jessica Devitt, and Vasco Elbrecht from Jonah Ventures. This is contribution #201 from the Coastlines and Oceans Division of the Institute of Environment at Florida International University.
dc.language English
dc.subject Science & Technology - Other Topics
dc.subject Multidisciplinary Sciences
dc.title Moray eels are more common on coral reefs subject to higher human pressure in the greater Caribbean
dc.type journal article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102097
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000631646000001


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