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Fish Have Enormous Nutrient Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, Study Finds

December 11, 2012

research on a reef in the waters of Abaco Island Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Georgia and Florida International University. In a pair of papers published in the journal Ecology, the researchers show that fish contribute more nutrients to their local ecosystems than any other source--enough to cause changes in the growth rates of the organisms at the base of the food web. Full Story

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