COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Big fish - and their pee - are key parts of coral reef ecosystems
Description: Recent studies suggest coral reefs are dependent on fish for key nutrients that help coral grow. When fish urinate, they release phosphorus into the water. This phosphorus, along with nitrogen excreted as ammonium through the gills of fish, is crucial to the survival and growth of coral reefs. A new study takes this a step further, finding that in coral reefs where fishing occurs, nearly half of these key nutrients are absent from the ecosystem. [Source: University of Washington]
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Source: University of Washington
Publish Date: 8/16/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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