diver effects on fishes

Bridget Armstrong b.e at mweb.co.za
Thu Oct 25 09:41:53 EDT 2001

Dear all
Is anyone aware of published information on the effects of divers on the =
behaviour of large predatory reef fish ? There seems to be a widely-help =
public perception that large numbers of divers cause predatory fish to =
avoid the area, while the number of coral-associates (eg Butterflyfish) =
tends to increase.

Are there any coral-reef managers out there that zone reefs particularly =
to provide areas where fish are protected from the effects of divers, as =
opposed to protecting the coral itself from breakage/diseases ?

Many thanks
Bridget Armstrong

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