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World’s First Deep-Water Coral Marine Protected Area Established in 1984 Off Florida Coast Now Facing Threat

Can the Biden-Harris administration move forward with America the Beautiful Plan if NOAA and Regional Fishery Management Councils Move Backwards? Friday, April 29, 2022Seattle, WA, USA Contacts: Mike Gravitz, Director of Policy and LegislationMarine Conservation InstituteMichael.Gravitz@marine-conservation.org301 351 5052 cell Dr. Lance Morgan, PresidentMarine Conservation InstituteLance.Morgan@marine-conservation.org+1 707 217 8242 cell Shari Anker, PresidentConservation Alliance of St.…

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Deep But Not Deserted – Exploring Deep-Sea Ecosystems Off the California Coast

Feature Pic: A yellowtail rockfish swims past a pink landscape dominated by strawberry anemones and hydrocorals on Cordell Bank. Photo: MARE and NOAA In July 2018, Marine Conservation Institute staff scientist Samuel Georgian stepped on board the NOAA research vessel Bell M. Shimada, beginning a two-week expedition to explore deep-water coral and sponge habitats off…

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5 Reasons Seamounts Matter

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…

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A Tale of Two Cold-Water Coral Reefs

Human industrial and agricultural activity has released massive quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere, with significant effects on our climate and oceans. About one-third of this atmospheric CO2 is absorbed by our oceans1, where it chemically interacts with seawater to reduce its pH – a scale that measures how acidic (lower pH values)…

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