MCR LTER graduate students Jessica Nielsen and Samantha Davis work on an exclusion cage designed to prevent access to the reef by herbivorous fishes. Credit:

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Dana out in the lagoon with another local fisher working on the CNH project (left) and SDSU collaborator Jean Wencélius (right).

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Dana performing an algae assay to measure herbivory in the lagoon.

Crown-of-thorns Sea Star

A Crown_of-thorns seastar or COTS (Acanthaster planci) feeding on a coral colony.

Giant Clam

A giant clam with blue lips

Red Spotted Crab

Healthy reefs support populations of diverse invertebrates and fish, such as this red spotted crab. Credit: MCR LTER