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  • At a lively reef where fishing is banned, corals thrive, and fish eat seaweed that would otherwise vastly outcompete and endanger the corals. Fisheries regulations appear to protect reefs and may buy some insurance against mass coral death in ocean warming events. But even protected reefs die off if their waters get too hot too long.
    Georgia Tech / Hay lab
    At a lively reef where fishing is banned, corals thrive, and fish eat seaweed that would otherwise vastly outcompete and endanger the corals. Fisheries regulations appear to protect reefs and may buy some insurance against mass coral death in ocean warming events. But even protected reefs die off if their waters get too hot too long.
  • At an over-fished Pacific reef, seaweed has taken over, diminishing coral populations to a fraction of what they would be otherwise.
    Georgia Tech / Hay lab
    At an over-fished Pacific reef, seaweed has taken over, diminishing coral populations to a fraction of what they would be otherwise.
  • Coral chemical defenses were processed in the lab and tested against a temperature-sensitive pathogen involved in coral bleaching events. Warming tipped the scale in favor of the pathogen.
    Georgia Tech / Deanna Beatty
    Coral chemical defenses were processed in the lab and tested against a temperature-sensitive pathogen involved in coral bleaching events. Warming tipped the scale in favor of the pathogen.
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