Saving Forests Will Help Save Coral Reefs

Written by on December 19, 2013 in Marine Life

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Best Ocean Animal Photos of 2013
Check out this photo gallery of the 2013 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. They’re amazing. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be either the manatees or the flying fish. What’s your favorite?

Reef in Fiji.

Reef in Fiji. Photo credit: NOAA.

Saving Fiji’s Coral Reefs Linked to Forest Conservation Upstream
A new study highlights how important terrestrial protected areas are to coastal biodiversity. The study concludes that the health of Fiji’s coral reefs depend on the protection of forests near the sea. The researchers suggest that considering the connections between land and sea is critical when designing new protected areas, which is something that is rarely done. Fiji is setting an example of how well this works.

Tracking key to unravelling mystery of Indian Ocean turtles
Two turtles that were rehabilitated and released into the Indian Ocean will help scientists better understand turtle behavior in the Indian Ocean, where scientists have little knowledge about turtle movements. One loggerhead hatched in Oman, was beached in Hobart and rehabilitated in Melbourne, and finally released after spending a few days at the Aquarium of Western Australia in Exmouth, WA. Exmouth was chosen because it’s warm enough and the researchers can bring them all the way out to the open ocean, which will give them a better chance of survival. This turtle was released along with another turtle that had spent three years in rehabilitation. Each turtle was fitted with a satellite tag so researchers could track their progress and learn more about their behavior in the Indian Ocean. Right away the turtles reacted differently — one went straight back to the coast and is now hanging out on Ningaloo Reef and the other went in the opposite direction, 30km further out to sea.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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