Why some coral reefs thrive as others die off

Management and ownership by local fishing communities appear to benefit reefs

Coral reefs in remote locations may sometimes be worse off than those near human fishing communities, says a new study that looked at why some reefs are thriving as others die off.

An international team of 39 scientists looked at the amount of fish at 2,514 coral reefs worldwide and tried to identify which ones had unexpectedly more or less fish than others, given the environmental and socioeconomic conditions nearby, such as the size of local populations and whether the reefs were in a marine reserve.

Full story in CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/coral-reefs-1.3637281