The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of large-scale urchin culling in reducing herbivore pressure on disturbed benthic assemblages, and to assess the direction and time frame of assemblage recovery in barren grounds.
Site Selection Criteria:
The study was carried out in a marine protected area, and a site was chosen that was the most degraded (~60% barrens).
Large-scale sea urchin culling drives the reduction of subtidal barren grounds in the Mediterranean Sea
Frontiers in Marine Science, Vol. 7, p.519.https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00519