Scleractinian reef corals are critically important because they build the primary reef framework, supply essential habitats for thousands of fish and other species, and provide direct energy and other nutrient inputs to the ecosystem. But the loss of substantial live coral cover on reefs - fundamentally through overfishing, eutrophication and other disturbances arising from human activity - has seriously disrupted their ecology. Continued human pressures on damaged reefs leads to further reef decline and ecosystem collapse. But this situation may be alleviated through mass reseeding with coral larvae. The aim of this project is to quantify the effectiveness of mass larval reseeding to restore damaged coral communities on reefs in the Philippines, and to use this assessment as a case study for future global reef restoration management strategies.
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