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The Ecological Role of Sharks on Coral Reefs

Sharks are considered the apex predator of coral reefs, but the consequences of their global depletion are uncertain. Here we explore the ecological roles of sharks on coral reefs and, conversely, the importance of reefs for sharks. We find that most reef…

Exploitation of reef resources: the Maldivian experience

Maldives is an archipelago of coral islands in the Indian Ocean (Fig. 1). Out of the country’s total area of about 90,000 sq. km, only about 300 sq. km is dry land. This land area represents more than 1000 small island which are naturally grouped in…

Status of the Coral Reefs of Maldives

Conservation, sustainable use and management of coral reef resources are among the national priorities in the Maldives, the country’s economy being dependent on the health and function of the coral reefs. Degradation of coral reef resources because of n…