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Chelsea L. Wood, Fiorenza Micheli, Miriam Fernández, Stefan Gelcich, Juan Carlos Castilla and Juan Carvajal Marine protected areas facilitate parasite populations among four fished host species of central Chile Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 15 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12104

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Using a system of protected and matched open-access areas, the authors demonstrate that fishing can drive declines in marine parasite abundance. Considering the substantial ecological role that many parasites play in marine communities, these results suggest that fishing could have cryptic but important effects on community structure and ecosystem function through its effects on parasites.

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