Drifting Fish Larvae
Marine ecologists at Oregon State University have shown that tiny fish larvae can drift with ocean currents and ‘reseed’ fish stocks more than 160 kilometres away. The findings add credibility to what scientists have believed for some time but were unable to directly document. The study also provides a significant demonstration of the ability of marine reserves to rebuild fishery stocks in areas outside the reserve. The research, conducted in Hawaii, was recently published in PLoS One.