Ehrenfeucht, S. 2014. Artificial Coral Reefs as a Method of Coral Reef Fish Conservation. University of Colorado.

Artificial Coral Reefs as a Method of Coral Reef Fish Conservation

Shivani Ehrenfeucht

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

University of Colorado Boulder

 

Abstract (excerpt)

Structurally complex artificial reefs were found to be associated with higher levels of
biodiversity in fish communities throughout the literature.  A consistent result was found in the
case study.  I concluded that artificial reef can be used as a tool to promote the biodiversity of
fish communities by creating structurally complex artificial reefs.  This can be done without
adding extraneous costs and added labor, as was shown in the case study.  However, the
mechanism behind the high levels of fish biodiversity on natural coral reefs appears to be
complex with interrelated factors.  For artificial reefs to be able to promote fish biodiversity in a
comparable way, a better understanding of this mechanism is necessary.  Artificial reefs have a
role to play in the conservation of fish communities and coral reef ecosystems, but should be
used in combination with other conservation and management techniques.

Download the full PDF paper from the CU Boulder website: Ehrenfeucht, S. 2014. Artificial Coral Reefs as a Method of Coral Reef Fish Conservation. University of Colorado.