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Caribbean coral reefs under threat from aggressive algae – Loop News Cayman

Poor Caribbean coral reefs cannot catch a break. The fragile ecosystem already has to contend with bleaching, climate change, hurricanes and pollution. Now marin…

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Poor Caribbean coral reefs cannot catch a break. The fragile ecosystem already has to contend with bleaching, climate change, hurricanes and pollution. Now marine biologists have recently reported on a new threat to the reefs aggressive algae.
A University of Oxford article reported the golden-brown, crust-like alga peyssonnelid algal crusts (PAC) has been rapidly overgrowing shallow reefs.
“(They) are taking over the reefs at such an aggressive rate that they are interfering with the ability of…

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