SNAPP TEAM:Ridges to Reefs Fisheries
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Where can cost-effective conservation help secure both fish populations and local coastal economies that are experiencing the negative effects of different land uses?

Current conservation focuses almost exclusively on reducing overfishing, despite the harmful impacts on marine ecosystems from terrestrial activities like farming and logging, due to a lack of data and models linking terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This team will advance information on land-use impacts on fisheries, allowing conservationists to better protect both fisheries and local livelihoods that depend upon them.

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We identified places like the Solomon Islands where sediment-laden run-off from logging, agriculture and development impact coastal marine conservation.

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A tale of two pods: The impacts of land-use change on reef fisheries Video
Impact of terrestrial runoff on reef fish populations
(Marine Ecology Progress Series)
Peer-reviewed paper
Logging threatens fish nurseries in Solomon Islands
(Cool Green Science)
Blog
Logging threatens fish nurseries in Solomon Islands
(Biological Conservation)
Peer-reviewed paper
Protecting forests in Fiji to give coral reefs a future
(Catchment to Coast)
Blog
Reducing the impact of palm oil development on coral reefs
(Biological Conservation)
Peer-reviewed paper
The influence of land-use change on water quality and coral reefs
(Scientific Reports)
Peer-reviewed paper
Where does river runoff matter for coastal marine conservation?
(Frontiers in Marine Science)
Peer-reviewed paper
Team Leaders
Carissa Klein
University of Queensland
Chris Brown
Griffith University
Hugh Possingham
The Nature Conservancy
Team Members
Alexa Fredston-Hermann
University of California, Santa Barbara
Amelia Wenger
University of Queensland
Ben Halpern
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), University of California, Santa Barbara
Hsien-Yung Lin
University of Queensland
James Watson
Wildlife Conservation Society
Joanna Nelson
The Nature Conservancy; Stanford University
John Lynham
University of Hawai’i
Joseph Maina Mbui
Wildlife Conservation Society
Ken Anthony
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Kendall Jones
University of Queensland
Lida Teneva
Conservation International
Megan Saunders
University of Queensland
Michael Bode
University of Melbourne
Peter Mumby
University of Queensland
Richard Hamilton
The Nature Conservancy
Sangeeta Mungabhai
Wildlife Conservation Society
Simon Albert
University of Queensland
Stacy Jupiter
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tessie Liddell
Griffith University
Vivitskia Tulloch
University of Queensland
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