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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Diversity and Abundance of Fishes at Patch Reefs With High and Low Diving Pressure

Coral reefs are among the most complex and diverse ecosystems on the earth. They have long provided food for people who live in the tropics and have become popular vacation destinations for divers. However, just as people are discovering the amazing biodiversity of the reefs, corals are dying and fish are disappearing. Although several factors are to blame, anthropogenic causes are the most important. Over fishing, tourism and pollution have been shown around the world to affect reef health negatively. By sampling reefs with differing snorkeling and diving pressure due to tourists at Club Med and students at the Gerace Research Center, this study set out to show if diving and snorkeling at San Salvador, the Bahamas, is affecting the abundance and diversity of fish on patch reefs.

Presenters: James Haynes (Faculty)
Audrey Payne (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 10:15 am (Session I)