It helps in coastal protection and it’s a big player in the fight against climate change. Seagrass meadows generally grow shoreward of the reef, and they cover as much of the seabed as light and water quality conditions allow. Conceived and designed the experiments: GG KA. >The impacts from unsustainable fishing on coral reef areas can lead to the depletion of key reef species in many locations. Prepared figures: GG GV. In contrast, most of the fringing reef lagoon is covered with seagrass. However, there are soft coral species such as sea whips and sea fans. This term can be expressed as [56]: Values increase slightly in the sea-level rise scenario, but the pattern remains the same (S5 Fig). The effectiveness of mangroves can be partially attributed to the fact that waves entering the forest are relatively small, having previously travelled over a shallow, mildly sloping bed. Lastly, we compare the ability of the various combinations of habitats to mobilize and transport sand in the nearshore region, offshore of mangroves, by computing values of the average sand erosion potential [81], expressed in W/m: When corals on the reef die, frictional dissipation is only slightly smaller than breaking dissipation; when the corals are alive, frictional dissipation is nearly equal to breaking dissipation for large waves, and it can even exceed breaking dissipation for smaller waves (see also S2 Fig.). Results of this study demonstrate the importance of taking integrated and place-based approaches when quantifying and managing for the coastal protection services supplied by ecosystems. Such losses often have a ripple effect, not just on the coral reef ecosystems themselves, but also on the local economies that depend on them. No, Is the Subject Area "Waves" applicable to this article? After waves have travelled over the coral reef and seagrass meadows, they encounter the mangrove forests. Macroalgal growth rates were higher in the seagrass-free mesocosms, but the calcification rate of the model reef coral Pocillopora damicornis was higher in coral reef mesocosms featuring seagrasses under OA at 25 and 28 °C. As a result, the dataset used in the modeling effort was reduced from more than 24,000 records to just over 14,000 (S1 Fig). The Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States of America, Affiliation Seagrasses are marine flowering plants that form ecologically important coastal habitats in tropic and temperate oceans, playing a key role in unison with coral reefs … This practice is often vital for food security and provides much needed income for women and their families. The presence and condition of corals on the reef, or the reef’s health, control the values of the maximum transmitted wave height, A1, and of the minimum offshore wave height filtered by the reef, A2. In this study, we hypothesize that coral reef and seagrass environments share members of the microbial community … Overall, we find again that multiple habitats provide more benefits than any single habitat alone: in the presence of a live reef and seagrasses, the average wave height at the shoreward edge of the submerged forest and the volume of mud scoured in the forest decrease to 0.08 m and 0.3 m3/m, respectively (Fig 7A and 7C “Coral & Seagrass”). The Halophila spinulosa is also a favourite seagrass to be eaten by a Dugong. Aside from nurturing future generations of coral reef fish, mangroves and seagrass meadows trap material that runs off the land, providing clearer coastal waters over reefs. She is proud to be able to champion this in her work. Also, in addition to structural differences, the amount of service supplied by habitats in our analysis is highly dependent on the geomorphic setting, habitat location and forcing conditions: live corals in the fringing reef profile supply more protection services than seagrasses; seagrasses in the barrier reef profile supply more protection services than live corals; and seagrasses, in our simulations, can even compensate for the long-term degradation of the barrier reef. Individually, both habitats still help reduce nearshore wave height and bed stresses, but their relative importance is reversed compared to the barrier reef profile, mostly because the lagoon is shorter and the reef closer to shore. As observed by Zeller et al. Center: scatter plot of breaking dissipation; solid line represents an approximation of the best fit (R2>0.8). 2015).However, seagrass meadows are in decline globally, with an about 7% annual loss in surface area, on average, since 1990 (Cullen-Unsworth and Unsworth 2018). These dissolved organics also support phytoplankton and zooplankton which in turn provide prey for organisms further up the food web. This type of seagrass is often mistaken for seaweed. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.g004. Question: What eats seagrass in a coral reef? (To “keep up” with sea-level rise, the reef must accrete at a rate greater than 10 mm/yr, which is relatively high for the Caribbean [38].) Hence the drag coefficient associated with seagrasses varies widely under different hydrodynamic conditions (see, e.g, Refs [51,66] for more details). Yes Construction projects- such as land reclamation, this can kill the reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds instantly. To quantify the long-term importance of live coral cover, we create two future reef profiles for both the barrier and the fringing reef. Seagrass is one of the most important ecosystems on this planet, vital to the overall health of the ocean. In the future sea-level rise scenario, however, a dead and bare reef causes the sand erosion potential to increase by 30% relative to present day conditions (S6 Fig). Introduction. However, like rainforest’s and coral reefs, these incredible underwater gardens are threatened. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.s005, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.s006. Note that we represented the distribution of waves for live and dead corals under present conditions by dots in order to improve readability. Circles represent mean values. Seagrass beds form an important nursery habitat for several species of fishes and invertebrates that move to coral reefs and other ecosystems as they mature. Seagrass meadows are important for carbon storage, this carbon is known as “blue carbon” and represents a vital ecosystem service. The result will be a reduction in food security for developing coastal nations, a decline in commercial fisheries, and a reduction in the ocean’s ability to store man-made carbon dioxide. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Left: Average ratio of breaking and frictional dissipation over the reef profiles. Finally, in the fringing reef, corals and seagrasses have a negligible influence on sand erosion potential presently (roughly 3% reduction; Fig 8, “No Live Habitat”, “Seagrass Only” and “Coral and Seagrass”). Under present day sea-level conditions, if the corals on the barrier reef are dead, nearshore waves are 0.19 m on average, or 35% higher than nearshore wave height values obtained if corals on the reef were alive. Values increase slightly in sea-level rise scenario, but the pattern remains the same (S5 Fig). Many seagrass species live in depths of 3 to 9 feet (1 to 3 meters), but the deepest growing seagrass (Halophila decipiens) has been found at depths of 190 feet (58 meters). Silver, J. Toft and S. Wood for their support and helpful comments during the creation of the manuscript. Does seagrass hold the secret to saving the world’s coral reefs from extinction? Further, the hurricane moves at a constant speed, on a path perpendicular to the shoreline, and it does not uproot or damage vegetation. Microfauna and meiofauna colonize the dead seagrass blades, feeding on the bacteria and fungi as well as on the dissolved organic matter released from the decomposing blades. The coral reefs and seagrass meadows of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are productive habitats that support the fishing, diving, and tourism industries of the Florida Keys. Accordingly, governments are promoting approaches to coastal hazard planning that account for the supply and delivery of multiple benefits from natural systems [14–16]. (6) Consequently, live reefs provide the same amount of wave attenuation in present and future scenarios (Fig 4, Table 3). Finally, results presented herein also illustrate the importance of clearly identifying the metrics used to quantify protection services. We also gage whether seagrasses and coral reefs increase the long-term protection of coastal environments by computing in the nearshore region–the region extending from -0.5 m, the offshore edge of the mud flat and seaward of the mangrove forest, to 10 m inside the seagrass bed–average values of wave height and bed shear stress τb. And under future sea-level conditions, nearshore wave height and bed shear stress shoreward of a dead and bare reef are 4 and 17 times greater, respectively, than the values obtained for a live reef. Corals alone, on the other hand, reduce wave heights by 27% to 0.15 m, and bed shear stress by 51% to 0.37 N/m2 (Fig 6A and 6C, “Coral Only” vs. “No Live Habitat”). Vertical tick marks indicate 1 standard deviation value around the mean. Look closely and you’ll find a vast collection of commercially important fish and crustacea. Here are some simple things that you can do to help seagrass meadows today: Alix @GreengrassSea is a PhD student at University College London documenting the carbon storage capacity of the UK’s seagrass meadows. However, if the service is measured nearshore, live corals in the fringing and barrier reef profiles do not provide the same amount of services. In total the coral reefs and seagrass in CNMI generate an annual value of $114.8 million. Human practices such as coastal development, destructive fishing practices such as trawling, anchoring and mooring damage, poor sewage treatment and pollution all negatively impact seagrass meadows. There are roughly 72 species of seagrass each with their own unique characteristics. Seagrass is the nursery of the ocean. The same argument can be made for seagrass meadows far from the coast (S3 Fig). In contrast, dead reefs under present conditions become bare and smooth in the future, and the height of the transmitted maximum and mean offshore wave heights increase fivefold to 0.90 and 0.81 m, respectively. Asexual Clonal Growth: Similar to grasses on land, seagrass shoots are connected underground by a network of large root-like structures called rhizomes. Yellow stars indicate the location of profiles measured by Burke [26]; the red star indicates the “Colson” profile used herein. Corals on the reefs further dissipate incoming wave energy: a dead reef transmits only 6% and 17% (0.24 and 0.23 m) of the incoming maximum and mean offshore wave heights, and a live reef further reduces these two waves to 0.4% and 12% (0.18 and 0.16 m) of their initial offshore values. The highest echinoderms diversity in seagrass ecosystem was obtained at And that includes seagrass! During hurricanes, where the Reynolds number becomes quite large, we lower the drag coefficient to Cd = 0.005, following observations by Zeller et al. In contrast, if the seagrass disappears but the reef is alive, those quantities decrease to 0.09 and 0.4 m3/m, respectively (Fig 7A and 7C “Coral Only”). As mean sea level increases, live reefs maintain their relative depth and coral cover, while dead reefs degrade further and do not grow. Protecting what is left is vital. Sixty different species of seagrass are in different ocean climates, from ice caps to coral reefs and everything in between. Coral reefs and seagrass communities in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea are complex ecosystems with high biodiversity. where A1 is a constant, W the offshore sustained wind speed, and ht the local water depth. Is the Subject Area "Coral reefs" applicable to this article? By taking sharks out of the coral reef ecosystem, the larger predatory fish, such as groupers, increase in abundance and feed on the herbivores. Until recent years most of her diving and conservation experience has been outside of the UK. Consequently, corals on the fringing reef are more effective at moderating the nearshore wave climate than seagrasses, although seagrasses offset the loss of live corals to some extent. We complete these transects by adding to both lagoon profiles a typical 1V:1000H mud flat from -0.5 m MSL to MHW (approximately +0.3 m MSL [28]) followed by a typical 1V:500H mangrove forest mud floor [29,30]. Bar plot of average wave height at the shoreward edge of the submerged mangrove forest (top subplots) and bed scour volume over the submerged mangrove forest (bottom subplots) computed for different combinations of live reef, seagrass meadows and mangroves presence, under present sea-level conditions. The wind setup, Sw, is computed as [55]: Here, using the Caribbean country of Belize as a characteristic setting (Fig 1), we quantify the coastal protection services supplied by two 1-Dimensional (1-D) idealized seascapes: one bounded offshore by a barrier reef and the other by a fringing reef (Figs 1 & 2; Table 1), with seagrass meadows present in the lagoons, and mangrove forests growing at the coastlines. These ecosystems are connected to terrestrial ecosystems, especially nutrient cycling, energy transfer, and connectivity of larvae and adult populations of marine animals. Al, 2012). Seagrass is important for coral reef health as it provides a nursery area for baby fish, it keeps the ocean clean by filtering pollution and it absorbs carbon dioxide to protect against climate change. The benthic environments of coral reefs are heavily shaped by physiochemical factors, but also the ecological interactions of the animals and plants in the reef ecosystem. • Fisheries: Coral reefs and their surrounding ecosystems, in-cluding mangroves and seagrass beds, provide important fish habitat. Copyright: © 2016 Guannel et al. Profiles of wave height (top subplot), breaking dissipation (second subplot), frictional dissipation (third subplot) over the coral reef profile (bottom subplot), for the maximum offshore wave height (left) and mean wave height (right), for different combination of coral presence and absence. Furthermore, the wave dissipating effect of the seagrasses meadows will protect these same communities from beach erosion. Coral reefs are delicately balanced ecosystems in which every character—living and non-living—plays a role. During the hurricane, we compute the evolution of the offshore wave in the presence and absence of one or more habitats, assuming that waves travel over the computed storm surge. Seagrass beds, coral and mangrove islands are home to diverse species including reef sharks, Goliath groupers, rainbow parrotfish, long-spine sea urchins and hawksbill sea turtles. fisheries, coral reef cannot survive. The results showed that the highest abundance in the seagrass ecosystem is Ophiolepis superba with a value of 36.48%, in the coral reef ecosystem was the type of Diadema sp with a value of 52.73%. And as sea level rises, the far field impacts of coral reef degradation are even more pronounced [83]: nearshore waves and bed shear stresses in a future dead and bare barrier reef profile are, on average, respectively 3.5 and 13 times higher than what would have been observed if the reef were still alive. (9) However, when it comes to ocean conservation the importance of seagrass is often overlooked. However, by and large, most proposed nature-based approaches for coastal protection rely on maximizing protection benefits supplied by specific habitats on a seascape (e.g., a wetland, a coral reef, etc.) However, the most immediate injuries to these habitats occur from vessel groundings. However, the response to BBC1’s Blue Planet 2 (2017) series shows us just what can be done if public emotion is captured. Amazing when you consider they rely on photosynthesis to survive. Despite common misconceptions, seagrass is the ocean’s only true flowering plant (commonly mistaken for a type of seaweed). Coral Reef: Scientists have been exploring coral reefs to learn more about the thousands of different living organisms that make their homes there. Seagrass and coral reefs of the eastern Aegean are in desperate need of protection. Wrote the paper: GG KA PR. Above: Propeller damage to seagrass meadow. We quantify the combined and individual coastal protection benefits supplied by live corals, seagrasses and mangroves during a typical hurricane. But this effectiveness is still mostly due to the frictional drag that their dense trunks and roots induce on the water column. #oceanoptimism news & #seafantastic facts 14 marine conservation documentaries to teach you about the ocean. (4) Even without live corals on either reef, seagrasses still reduce waves and bed shear stresses nearshore by more than 60% to 0.07 m and 0.06 N/m2, compared to 0.19 m and 0.48 N/m2 with a dead reef and no seagrass (Fig 6B and 6D, “Seagrass Only” vs. “No Live Habitat”). Waves statistics are presented in Table 2. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.t002. Coastal protection services provided by coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves, under present day sea-level conditions, for various combinations of live and dead habitats during a hurricane. The hope is that, through conservation and restoration efforts, these ecosystems will shield communities from the impacts of coastal hazards [5–9], while continuing to deliver services that increase the well-being of residents, and improve the ecological health of coastal regions [10–13]. We measure their ability to reduce inundation levels (including surge height, wave height and wave setup) shoreward of the mangrove forest, and to reduce mud bed scour in the mangrove forest. Archipelagos maps their locations and counteracts illegal trawling. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.g006. Together the coral reef and mangrove ecosystems form a barrier that protects shorelines from the destructive forces of wind, waves and driven debris. Similar patterns are observed in the sea-level rise scenario, except that habitats, together or individually, reduce nearshore wave height and bed stress by more than 400%, on average (S3 Fig). It makes good economic sense to manage these coastal resources sustainably and this book will help managers do this. At the species level, 199 species were unique to coral reefs, whereas nine and 15 species were unique to seagrass beds and mangrove areas, respectively (Table S1). For more information about PLOS Subject Areas, click Yes Scientists, for the first time ever, formally conf, Seal mothers and their pups need their space!! We also assume that mangroves reduce storm surge linearly at the rate of 40 cm/km [18], but that reefs and seagrasses have a negligible effect. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.s001. We also use a drag coefficient of Cdr,t = 1 for mangroves [67] since roots and trunks are not flexible. For a long-deceased reef, where wave action and bio-erosion smooth the reef surface [38,40,64], we use Cf = 0.05, a value appropriate for bedrock [41] (we will refer to such a smooth reef as “bare reef”). Analysis of energy flux dissipation due to breaking and bottom friction indicates that, in the absence of corals, nearly all of the incoming wave energy is dissipated by breaking on the reef face and rim (Fig 5). Mangroves lower the surge at the landward edge of the mud bed by 10 cm in the barrier reef, and 8 cm in the fringing reef; they reduce wave heights by more than 70% (66 cm to 15cm, in the barrier reef, and 28 cm to 8 cm in the fringing reef); and they also decrease wave setup by more than 70% (21 cm to 6 cm in the barrier reef, and 8 cm to a slight setdown in the fringing reef). Dugong enjoying lunch in a seagrass meadow in the Red Sea, Egypt. [4–6,8], using a specific set of forcing conditions that are usually storm conditions [1,6,7,17]. In fact, some species are up to 35 time more effective at capturing and storing carbon than rainforests. This excess carbon is transported into the roots, which often extend many meters below the surface, where it can be stored for thousands of years. We also compare inundation levels at the landward limit of the mud bed, where inundation levels are defined as the sum of surge elevation, wave height and wave-induced mean water level, or setup, [51]. Seagrass first evolved tens of millions years ago, when some flowering plants moved from land into the ocean. These results indicate that together, live corals and seagrasses provide more protection benefits in the barrier reef profile than either of those habitats alone. Often called ‘rainforests of the sea,’ coral reefs are home to a spectacular variety of organisms. Here, the barrier reef lagoon has two, roughly 6 km wide seagrass meadows (Figs 1 & 2). Locations are approximate. For seagrasses, where roots are buried and there is no canopy, Dr = 0. We find that together, these habitats substantially moderate incoming wave energy, inundation levels and loss of mud sediment [84,18,51,85], and ultimately protect the coast better than any one habitat alone. Turtle feeding in a seagrass meadow. And the big Seagrass meadows are exactly those organisms. In the absence of live corals, seagrasses alone reduce nearshore wave height by 13% to 0.19 m and bed shear stress by 30% to 0.48 N/m2, compared to what we observe without any live habitat (Fig 6A and 6C, “Seagrass Only” vs. “No Live Habitat”). [66] and [51]. Over 95% of the carbon in seagrass meadows is stored in the soils and overall these ecosystems are responsible for 10% of this “Blue Carbon” buried annually in the ocean. “No Coral–Present” data were computed assuming a smooth and dead reef. Our results also illustrate the importance of taking into account the presence of live corals when computing the ecosystem service function of reefs [19,42,83], something that has been overlooked in previous studies [20,21,90]. We investigate the relative importance of the three different habitats at protecting the coast under non-storm conditions and during a typical hurricane, using 8 scenarios of habitat presence/absence (e.g., no habitats; live corals present only; live corals and seagrass present, but no mangroves; live corals, seagrass and mangroves present etc. We find that reefs are natural breakwaters [21], but their effectiveness varies with their level of coral cover. Right: scatter plot of frictional dissipation; solid line represents an approximation of the best fit (R2>0.8). More precisely, we find that while mangroves alone can deliver most of the above-mentioned coastal protection benefits, corals and seagrasses also moderate the nearshore wave climate. Finally, we quantify the combined and individual effect of live reef, seagrass and mangroves on waves at the shoreward edge of the submerged mangrove forest and on the volume of mud bed scoured from the submerged forest floor. To quantify coastal protection metrics during non-storm periods, we model the evolution of each wave obtained from the WW3 record over the reefs, seagrass meadows and inside the submerged mangrove forests. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.g008. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.s002. Coral polyps, the animals primarily responsible for building reefs, can take many forms: large reef building colonies, graceful flowing fans, and even small, solitary organisms.Thousands of species of corals have been discovered; some live in warm, shallow, tropical seas and others in the cold, dark depths of the ocean. Current address: The Nature Conservancy, Coral Gables, FL, United States of America, Affiliation Much like seagrass meadows, mangrove forests, and salt marshes, coral reefs are home to numerous species. The ecosystem services of mangroves and seagrass are vital to the long term health of coral reefs. There is now global recognition about the importance of seagrass as a habitat for supporting fisheries. They also capture and store a large amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. During non-storm conditions, the wave climate consists of locally generated wind waves and of swells originating from distant storms. "Coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass meadows are vital for a healthy Caribbean Bay. Seagrasses also reduce bed shear stress by more than 70% to 0.05 N/m2, which is below the threshold for sediment motion (Fig 6B and 6D, “Coral & Seagrass” vs. “Coral Only”). Consequently, in the barrier reef profile, seagrasses provide more protection benefits than coral reefs when mangroves are absent, and, once again, seagrasses can at least partially compensate for the degradation of the reef. 2008; Nagelkerken 2009; Du et al. [68], seagrass stems sway under the action of moderately energetic waves and are fully bent under the action of larger waves. It is estimated that 17 species of coral reef fish spend their entire juvenile life stage solely on seagrass flats. To clarify of connectivity among mangrove, seagrass beds, and coral reef habitats in Wenchang, Hainan Province, China, the fish community structure was studied in wet and … e0158094. Aside from nurturing future generations of coral reef fish, mangroves and seagrass meadows trap material that runs off the land, providing clearer coastal waters over reefs. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in settings. Tag @theseafans to be featured. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0158094.g005. Fig 3 indicates the cross-shore locations where the different metrics are computed. We quantify the difference in coastal protection services supplied by habitats living in two idealized tropical 1-D seascapes: one bounded offshore by a barrier reef and the other by a fringing reef (Figs 1 & 2; Table 1). Finally, we estimate the relative role of corals, seagrasses and mangroves at protecting shorelines by computing the volume of mud bed scoured in the submerged mangrove forest [51], and the wave height at the landward edge of the submerged forest, in the presence or absence of one or more of those habitats. We also evaluate the importance of live corals on reefs by conducting the analyses under two sea-level scenarios: a present day sea-level and a future 1 m sea-level rise (SLR) scenario, assuming that reefs covered with live corals will accrete as sea-level rises. Vector images of corals, mangroves and seagrasses in were obtained from the Integration and Application Network, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (ian.umces.edu/imagelibrary/). We outline where there Existing seagrass coverage patterns in Belize (Fig 1) show that regions deeper than 1 m and shallower than 13 meters are fully or partially covered with the commonly found Turtle Grass (Thalassia testudinum) meadows [31]. As a result, seagrass meadows have gone largely unnoticed. Seagrass meadows in the region often occur in close connection with coral reefs and mangroves. Live corals on the reefs also influence the values of the protection metrics nearshore, or the far field region (Figs 3 & 6). They walk onto the meadows collecting sea cucumbers, cuttlefish, octopus and diverse shellfish. During non-storm periods, currents generated by wind-waves and swells can also erode shorelines, especially unvegetated muddy shorelines [73–75], and can prevent mangroves from reproducing [76,77]. at 3 stations based on the presence of seagrasses and coral reefs. In the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the seafloor is 95% seagrass and less than 5% corals. Seagrass, on the other hand, is highly flexible. trees or pulling trawl nets through seagrass beds. While the tropics grow colourful reefs that host most juvenile organisms with plenty of niches and hiding spots, those reefs are simply missing in the Med. Ecosystem services from coral reefs Seagrass lacks the charisma of coral reefs or the imposing presence of mangroves. Their leaves create dense meadows which slow the water column and force floating particles to settle, where they are then absorbed into the sediment. This amazing plant is found throughout the world’s coastlines, only missing from the most polar seas. The Marine Benthic Ecology and Ecophysiology Laboratory focuses on shallow water coral reefs and temperate and tropical seagrass meadows, integrating aspects of physiology, ecology, and oceanography. Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected August 25, 2020 10.25am EDT Sivajyodee Sannassy Pilly , John Turner , Ronan Roche , Bangor University Greg Guannel was also supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through their grant NA11OAR4310136. College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States of America. Another major finding is that the ability of different habitats to provide coastal protection services varies as a function of local geomorphology, or setting, and forcing conditions [88,89]. [63]. The plant can reach 15 centimetres in length. This surprising (albeit minor) far-field effect of the seagrass meadows can be explained by the cumulative impact of the small but continuous force those plants exert on waves. No, Is the Subject Area "Shores" applicable to this article? We also quantify the combined and individual importance of live corals and seagrasses at reducing the potential for sand erosion just offshore of the mangrove forest. You can unlock your login by sending yourself a special link via email. We also assume that the reefs’ side channels are sufficiently wide so that the lagoons are well flushed, and wave setup at the shoreward edge of the reef and infragravity wave energy in the lagoons are negligible [52–54]. Peter Ruggiero was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through their grant NA14OAR4310195. Due to this three dimensional structure in the water column, many species occupy seagrass habitats for shelter and foraging. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. 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