Project Title: Igniting a Discourse on Deep-Sea Sponge Science and Conservation
Goal or Purpose

To advance the understanding of deep-sea sponge ecosystems needed for their conservation.

Anticipated Management Application(s)

Deep-sea sponge grounds are a key component of deep-sea ecosystems, creating complex habitats for numerous species. Sponges, with rich and varied symbiotic associates, are also among the most prolific sources of useful bioactive compounds, including important pharmaceuticals. These values can be threatened by human activities, particularly bottom-trawl fisheries. This project served to raise awareness about these unique ecosystems and share approaches for their conservation.

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2011 @ $5,800

 
Region(s):
  • National
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Project Type:
  • Data Mining
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NMFS OHC
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Igniting a Discourse on Deep-Sea Sponge Science and Conservation
Methods/Approach

Deep-sea sponge grounds have begun to gain attention in the U.S. and internationally as important habitats for biodiversity in need of conservation. Both scientific understanding and public awareness of these communities, however, are in their infancy. Outlined in the NOAAStrategic Plan for Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems, NOAA has committed to take additional steps to understand and conserve these habitats and the communities they. NOAA convened a Symposium Session at the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress that highlighted the importance of these communities, summarized the current state of the science (particularly for the Northeast Pacific) and exchanged information on best practices for their conservation.

Project Results and Management Outcomes

A symposium session on "Conserving
 Deep-Sea
 Sponge 
Communities" was held at the 2nd International Marine Conservation Congress on May 13, 2011. The meeting helped NOAA produce an update to the State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States: 2007 report with information on sponges.

Project Title: Igniting a Discourse on Deep-Sea Sponge Science and Conservation
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