• The “resort effect”: Can tourist islands act as refuges for coral reef species?

      Moritz, Charlotte; Ducarme, Frédéric; Sweet, Michael J.; Fox, Michael D.; Zgliczynski, Brian; Ibrahim, Nizam; Basheer, Ahmed; Furby, Kathryn A.; Caldwell, Zachary R.; Pisapia, Chiara; Grimsditch, Gabriel; Abdulla, Ameer; IUCN Maldives; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; University of Derby; University of California; Marine Research Center, Malé, Maldives; The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii; California State University; IUCN Maldives; Malé Maldives; Centre d'Ecologie et des Sciences de la Conservation; UMR 7204; Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Paris France; Environmental Sustainability Research Centre; College of Life and Natural Sciences; University of Derby; Derby UK; Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California San Diego; La Jolla CA USA; Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California San Diego; La Jolla CA USA; Marine Research Center; Malé Maldives; IUCN Maldives; Malé Maldives; Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California San Diego; La Jolla CA USA; The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii; Honolulu HI USA; IUCN Maldives; Malé Maldives; IUCN Maldives; Malé Maldives; IUCN Maldives; Malé Maldives (Wiley, 2017-09-13)
      There is global consensus that marine protected areas offer a plethora of benefits to the biodiversity within and around them. Nevertheless, many organisms threatened by human impacts also find shelter in unexpected or informally protected places. For coral reef organisms, refuges can be tourist resorts implementing local environment-friendly bottom-up management strategies. We used the coral reef ecosystem as a model to test whether such practices have positive effects on the biodiversity associated with de facto protected areas.