Seamounts are underwater mountains that rise from the seabed. Because most of the world’s seafloor is a muddy plain, seamounts are special deep-sea features that support unique creatures. Seamounts can arise along mid-ocean ridges, as isolated landmarks, or as volcanoes in chains and clusters. Off California, several seamounts were ancient islands that only went under … Continue reading 5 Reasons Seamounts Matter
You’ve probably heard the saying that we know less about the deep ocean than we do about the surface of the moon. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have explored less than 5% of the ocean to date, so the saying is pretty accurate. However, as technology improves and scientists are able … Continue reading The Future of the Deep Sea: Undiscovered Wonders at Risk
Seamounts are underwater mountains rising thousands of feet from the bottom of the ocean. Due to their size and shape, seamounts exert a strong influence on local currents that results in nutrient enrichment and increased food supply. As a result, these massive features are often highly productive ‘oases’ in the deep sea, supporting a large … Continue reading Needle in a haystack: identifying vulnerable marine ecosystems in the deep sea
This week we celebrate habitat protections for deep-sea corals along the Atlantic coastline, named in honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. Nearly 40,000 sq mi of the seafloor are now off limits to fishing gears that can damage these ancient and fragile critters. Marine Conservation Institute has been working to protect deep-sea corals for … Continue reading Celebrating the Frank R. Lautenberg Deep Sea Coral Protection Area!
For most of us, guiding the pilots of submersibles or underwater robots to explore the deep sea is something we only hope to have the chance to experience in our lifetime. For Sandra Brooke, Marine Conservation Institute’s Director of Coral Conservation, it’s a core part of her work. On August 15, Sandra set sail on … Continue reading Exploring America’s Unknown Grand Canyons
Marine Conservation Institute’s Vice President, Bill Chandler, testified before the US House of Representatives advocating for protection of vital federal marine conservation programs in fiscal year 2013. Bill testified on behalf of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Read his testimony here. While there are many … Continue reading Defending Federal Marine Conservation Programs