Summary

Authors: Peter J. Auster, David Packer, Rhian Waller, Steven Auscavitch, Morgan J. Kilgour, Les Watling Martha S. Nizinski, Ivar Babb, Donna Johnson, Jeffrey Pessutti, Amy Drohan, Brian Kinlan

"To inform discussions of deep-sea coral management and fish habitat usage, we are providing the New England Fishery Management Council with a brief review of research surveys conducted in 2013 and 2014. These surveys identified coral-dominated communities in U.S deep waters (200-250 m depth) of the northern Gulf of Maine. This report focuses only on geographic distributions of octocorals based on direct observations. Detailed analyses of imagery to determine fine-scale attributes of coral and sponge distributions in relation to geology, benthic community composition, species associations, and coral size structure are ongoing. Additionally, coral samples were collected for taxonomic, reproductive biology, age-size, and population genetics studies."

 
Category:
  • Technical Report
Type: DSCRTP Supported Date: 2014
Region(s):
  • New England Council
Location(s):
  • Gulf of Maine