Author: David Stevenson. NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Office, Habitat Conservation Division

"Most deep-sea corals in U.S. Atlantic waters live on boulders and rocky outcrops beyond the edge of the continental shelf that are inaccessible to current fishing activity. However, concerns about the possible expansion of bottom fishing into deeper water recently prompted the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to close 38,000 square miles of the ocean bottom in the mid-Atlantic to bottom trawling. Similar action has been taken to protect deep-sea corals in the southeast U.S. and Alaska, and will be on the agenda in New England in 2016..."

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