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Competing Interests

Alvin Chelliah, Halimi Bin Amar and Julian Hyde are employees of Reef Check Malaysia. Katie Yewdall is an employee of Tioman Dive Centre. Peter D. Steinberg is an employee of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

Author Contributions

Alvin J Cheliah conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Halimi Bin Amir conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Julian Hyde conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Katie Yewdall conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Peter D Steinberg conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, reviewed drafts of the paper.

James R Guest conceived and designed the experiments, performed the experiments, analyzed the data, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Field Study Permissions

The following information was supplied relating to field study approvals (i.e., approving body and any reference numbers):

All research work was carried out under a memorandum of understanding between Reef Check Malaysia and the Department of Marine Parks Malaysia.

Funding

This work was funded in part by Reefcheck Malaysia. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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