13 July, 2016

Source: NOAA Habitat Conservation

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the publication of the 2016 Report to Congress on the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program.  The Report highlights exciting scientific research conducted over the past two-year period and historic conservation measures that have been proposed and enacted based on our Program’s results. 

Continue reading Deep Sea Coral Research & Technology Program 2016 Report to Congress

3 June, 2015

Source: European Commission Maritime Forum

There is a strong imperative to maintain the functions and services of the marine ecosystems of the mid-Atlantic Ridge and Atlantic Basin during exploration and exploitation of deep-sea minerals. Here we propose to convene a workshop in Horta, Azores, 1-3 June 2015 in order to identify elements for a strategic Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for deep seabed mineral exploration and exploitation along the Atlantic in the international seabed Area (for now on called the Area). The workshop will bring together the main stakeholders, including representatives of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and region-specific exploration contractors and prospectors together with scientists from different disciplines.

Continue reading Strategic environmental management plan for mining in the mid-Atlantic

10 December, 2014

Source: Yahoo News

Author: Ali Chase, NRDC

A hidden world thrives more than a mile and a half beneath the waves, in the inky blackness roughly 80 miles offshore the Atlantic’s coastline. There you can find corals in all colors of the rainbow and a menagerie of sea life with evocative names, such as the whiplash squid, dumbo octopus, sea butterfly (which is actually a snail), sea toad and tonguefish. See more images of the deep-see life in “Exotic Deep-Sea Canyon Life at Risk (Gallery ).”

Continue reading Coral Thrive Off U.S. Atlantic Coast, But Threatened

14 November, 2014

London, November 14, 2014 – The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) this week agreed to close six new areas totaling around 11,000 square kilometres to bottom fishing to protect vulnerable deep-sea species ecosystems and extended its prohibition on the catch of several shark species.

Continue reading North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission makes limited progress to protect deep-sea species and habitats