PeerJ Life & Environment
New PeerJ Life & Environment Special Issue - "The State of Active Coral Reef Conservation and Restoration"
Edited by James Reimer (Associate Professor, University of the Ryukyus) and Robert Toonen
(Research Professor of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Coral reefs are spectacularly biodiverse. Occupying less than 1% of the seafloor, they are home to more than 25% of known marine species. The ecosystem services provided by coral reef ecosystems are estimated at over $2.7 trillion USD per year, and roughly a billion people across the globe rely on coral reefs for food or income. Despite this importance, reefs have declined globally by over 30% since the 1980s and are projected to decline further under climate change scenarios predicted to occur within this century: 70-90% with an increase in temperature of 1.5°C and by >99% at an increase of 2°C (IPCC 2019). The increasing rate of global decline in coral reefs has galvanized many to seek active interventions to slow or reverse the loss of these invaluable ecosystems. This special issue seeks to highlight advances being made in pursuit of active coral reef restoration from coral nurseries and utilization of artificial substrata to adaptive biology solutions and bioengineering of more resilient corals. We encourage submissions that share the latest technology, techniques, and scientific data on strategies to improve the success, efficiency, and scope of restoration efforts. We hope that by compiling the current state of the field from reef restoration practitioners around the world, researchers will begin to see positive trends in successful strategies and that this special issue will facilitate advances in these efforts to reverse the decline of coral reefs.
Including, but not limited to:
Coral Nursery Techniques
Coral Outplanting Strategies And Optimal Design
Adaptive Coral Breeding
Larval Capture And Seeding
Genetic & Epigenetic Manipulation Of Thermal Tolerance
Manipulation Of Algal Symbionts Or Microbiome
Environmental Interventions To Reduce Bleaching Or Speed Recovery
Measuring The Success Of Coral Restoration
Aiding Ecosystem Recovery And Resilience
Find out more and submit your abstract for consideration on the Special Issue homepage: https://peerj.com/special-issues/85-coral-reef-restoration