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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 48-56
DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2011.48.56
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Coral Reefs in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea: An Integrated Perspective on Some Important Stressors

P. Eghtesadi- Araghi

This study provides a review of the status of some important stressors on coral reefs in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea with emphasis on temperature and salinity and their associated biological responses. Coral reefs in this area live under unique temperature conditions and the seawater temperature ranges are 14 to 34°C. This sharp ten degrees centigrade change occurs in warm to cold season transition in December and might cause a thermal stress. Coral reefs are amongst the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the earth and the resources resulting from coral reefs are essential to the food quality of millions of people residing in tropical coastal populations. Unfortunately, the health of the world's coral reefs is in severe risk. Best estimates suggest that about 10% of coral reefs are already degraded. Another 30% are likely to destroy further within the next 20 years. Coral reefs are distributed throughout the tropical and sub-tropical waters of the world, mostly in developing countries.
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How to cite this article:

P. Eghtesadi- Araghi , 2011. Coral Reefs in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea: An Integrated Perspective on Some Important Stressors. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 6: 48-56.

DOI: 10.3923/jfas.2011.48.56






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