Since NOAA published the 2007 State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States report, many deep-sea coral research and management efforts have taken place. This publication presents these exciting advances. Like the 2007 report, we have regional chapters describing the distribution and ecology of the deep-sea coral ecosystems, with a focus on new information since 2007. In addition, the scope has been broadened to include deep-sea sponge ecosystems. These regional chapters are interspersed with spotlight chapters that explore a number of cross-cutting topics in deep-sea coral and sponge research. The prepublication editions of most chapters are available at the links below. Please come back later as the final chapters are added in the coming months, along with deep-sea coral species list to describe those known to occur in each U.S. region.
The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States -- Thomas F. Hourigan, Peter J. Etnoyer, Stephen D. Cairns, Eds.
Regional update and new spotlight chapters:
- Chapter 1. Introduction and National Overview
- Chapter 2. Spotlight: Species Discovery of Deep-Water Corals and Sponges in U.S. Waters (2007-2015) by Stephen D. Cairns, Robert P. Stone, Ewann A. Berntson, and Shirley A. Pomponi
- Chapter 3. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems in the Alaska Region by Robert P. Stone and Chris N. Rooper
- Chapter 4. Spotlight: Effects of Fishing Gear on Deep Sea Coral and Sponges in U.S. Waters by Christopher N. Rooper, Peter Etnoyer, Kevin Stierhoff, and John V. Olson
- Chapter 5. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast by M. Elizabeth Clarke, Curt E. Whitmire, and Mary M. Yoklavich
- Chapter 6. Spotlight: An Update on Recent Research and Management of Hawaiian Black Corals by Daniel Wagner, Dennis M. Opresko, Anthony D. Montgomery, and Frank A. Parrish
- Chapter 7. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. Pacific Islands Region by Frank A. Parrish, Amy R. Baco, Christopher Kelley, and Henry Reiswig
- Chapter 8. Spotlight: Predictive Habitat Modeling for Deep-Sea Corals in U.S. Waters by John M. Guinotte, Sam Georgian, Brian P. Kinlan, Matthew Poti, and Andrew Davies
- Chapter 9. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. Northeast Region by David B. Packer, Martha S. Nizinski, Michelle S. Bachman, Amy F. Drohan, Matthew Poti, and Brian P. Kinlan
- Chapter 10. Spotlight: Age, Growth Rates, and Paleoclimate Studies by Nancy G. Prouty, E. Brendan Roark, Allen Andrews, Laura Robinson, Tessa Hill, Owen Sherwood, Branwen Williams, Thomas Guilderson, and Stewart Fallon
- Chapter 11. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico by Greg Boland, Peter Etnoyer, Charles Fisher, and Emma Hickerson
- Chapter 12. Spotlight: Population Connectivity of Deep-Sea Corals by Cheryl L. Morrison, Amy R. Baco, Martha S. Nizinski, D. Katharine Coykendall, Amanda W.J. Demopoulos, Walter Cho, and Timothy M. Shank
- Chapter 13. State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the U.S. Southeast Region by Thomas F. Hourigan, John Reed, Shirley Pomponi, Steve W. Ross, Andrew W. David, and Stacey Harter
Regional Deep-sea Coral Species Lists:
Credits: NOAA. -- Habitat dominated by deepwater sponges at Rittenburg Bank, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.