Fishery managers could call for a review of massive underwater canyons

Date: April 3, 2012

Source: The Washington Post

Author: Juliet Eilperin

Fishery managers in the North Pacific are expected Tuesday to endorse a reassessment of how to treat two large underwater canyons in Alaska’s Bering Sea that lie near one of the nation’s most profitable fisheries.

The move comes less than two weeks after scientists published new evidence that the region boasts significant deep-sea corals, sponges and other marine life. Environmentalists and some researchers have argued that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council should place part of the canyons off limits to fishing because little is known about them.

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