Trends in ocean acidification in the western North Pacific subtropical and tropical zones

The western North Pacific subtropical and tropical zones contain many coral reef habitats and marine biodiversity hotspots, including the so-called “Coral Triangle” (WWF: http://worldwildlife.org/places/coral-triangle). These zones encompass the coastal regions of several countries including The Philippines, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, and are home to 76% of the known coral species and more than 2200 species of reef fish. Hundreds of millions of people live in the coastal regions and depend on fishing and other marine resources and services. However, these marine ecosystems have been impacted by human activities through habitat loss, overexploitation, water pollution, eutrophication and coral bleaching. Over the past decade, ocean acidification has been recognized as an additional threat to marine ecosystems (e.g., Doney et al., 2009).

Ishii M., Sasano D., Kosugi N., Nakano H., Enyo K., Saito S., Nakano T., Midorikawa T. & Inoue H. Y., 2013. Trends in ocean acidification in the western North Pacific subtropical and tropical zones . IMBER Newsletter 25:20-23. Article.


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