Sponsors: This webinar is part of a NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program webinar series to highlight research, exploration, and management of deep-sea corals and sponges around the U.S. Seminar
POC: Heather.Coleman@noaa.gov (301-427-8650)
Over the last decade, the United States has begun to take a systematic approach to protect deep-sea coral habitats from fishing impacts. This presentation reviews the coordinated steps in policy, research, and management that NOAA has taken to advance conservation of vulnerable deepwater habitats. In 2009, NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program began a series of multiyear, regional research programs to collect information that can be directly translated into conservation action. Research priorities have been developed in collaboration with fishing and management communities. Compilation of both new and historic data, and a systematic application of species distribution modeling has allowed extrapolation from study sites to larger areas relevant to management. Examples from the northwest Atlantic and northeast Pacific illustrate how this new, finer-scale information is being applied to understand and manage fisheries impacts, and point to areas where additional progress is needed.
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(Tom Hourigan, NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program)