Indirect Impacts of Recreational Scuba Diving: Patterns of Growth and Predation in Branching Stony Corals

Barak Guzner, Ariel Novplansky, Or Shalit & Nanette E. Chadwick
The highest recorded rates of recreational SCUBA diving occur on coral reefs at Eilat in the northern Red Sea, where many scleractinian corals are damaged by physical contact with divers. We compared coral skeletal growth and damage at sites that were protected vs unprotected from diving tourism, and identified tissue mortality through monthly monitoring of the branching stony coral Acropora hemprichii (Ehrenberg, 1834). We also monitored several genera of branching stony corals at sites that...
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