Deep Sea Corals On the Map

Scientific research is only beginning to shed light on the rich diversity of life in the deep oceans, but a growing list of human activities threatens the very existence of these vulnerable ecosystems before they have become fully known to science. At the top of that list are the widespread impacts of bottom-tending fishing gears, which sweep vast areas of seabed on the margins of every continent nearly every year. For reef-building and branching species of deep-sea corals and sponges, a single pass of a bottom trawl net can destroy decades or centuries of slow growth.

Read more from the Marine Fish Conservation Network on how new habitat authority for fisheries managers regarding deep-sea corals and and emerging Deep-Sea Coral Reasearch and Technology Program at NOAA are putting Deep-sea corals on the map and on people’s radar.

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