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Self-recognition in corals facilitates deep-sea habitat engineering

27 October 2014 Source: Nature.com The ability of coral reefs to engineer complex three-dimensional habitats is central to their success and the rich biodiversity they support. In tropical reefs, encrusting coralline algae bind together substrates and dead coral framework to make continuous reef structures, but beyond the photic zone, the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa also forms large […]

UK’s deep sea mountain life filmed

4 August, 2014 Scientists have sent a remotely operated vehicle to film one of the UK’s three undersea mountains, known as seamounts. The Hebrides Terrace Seamount, off the west coast of Scotland, is higher than Ben Nevis, but its peak is 1,000m beneath the surface. Prof J Murray Roberts, from Heriot-Watt University, and his colleagues […]

Ocean fishing: Bottom trawling causes deep-sea biological desertification

Source: Science Daily A study led by scientists from the Polytechnic University of Marche (Ancona, Italy) involving researchers from the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM, CSIC) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), has determined that fishing trawling causes intensive, long-term biological desertification of the sedimentary seabed ecosystems, diminishing their content in organic carbon and […]

Scientists respond to fishing industry lobby document “The Inconvenient Truth: Sustainable Deep Sea Fishing is Possible.”

Fishing industry lobbyists recently circulated a document in which they made 10 points (“10 Facts on Deep Sea Fishing – all you need to know…”), each of them designed to persuade MEPs that deep sea bottom trawling is a benign and productive activity. However, the document is full of misrepresentations which together present a highly distorted view […]

Over 300 scientists join NGOs and members of the fishing community to sign declaration of support to protect the deep sea from destructive fishing

Declaration of support: protect the deep sea from destructive fishing We, the undersigned, represent the concerned public and include artisanal fishers, development and environmental organisations, and other stakeholders. We share a common interest in restoring Europe’s deep-sea fish populations and ensuring the long-term conservation of deep-sea ecosystems. To that end, we support the prevention of […]