Menza et al. 2007

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A deep reef in deep trouble

Menza C, Kendall M, Rogers C, Miller J

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The well-documented degradation of shallower reefs which are often closer to land and more vulnerable to pollution, sewage and other human-related stressors has led to the suggestion that deeper, more remote offshore reefs could possibly serve as sources of coral and fish larvae to replenish the shallower reefs. Yet, the distribution, status, and ecological roles of deep (>30 m) Caribbean reefs are not well known. In this report, an observation of a deep reef which has undergone a recent extensive loss of coral cover is presented. In stark contrast to the typical pattern of coral loss in shallow reefs, the deeper corals were most affected. This report is the first description of such a pattern of coral loss on a deep reef.

Research sites

10.1016   j.csr.2007.05.017
Depth range
30- 40 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
14 x (total of 3223 words)

Community structure Ecology

Research focus
Overall benthic (groups) Scleractinia (Hard Corals)

US Virgin Islands

Research platforms
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Author profiles
Charlie Menza ( 2 pubs)