Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Ocean Vision - Deep Reef Conservation

When most people describe a coral reef, they usually mention the brightly colored fish and coral of the shallow reefs found in the tropics. ... all » But coral reefs in the deep water are far more representative, and more widely distributed across the planet. They’re found all across the Earth’s deep ocean basins from the Arctic, down to Antarctica, and often they’re just as lush. And like the brightly colored reefs in the tropics, they are also home to many of species of fish. But for decades, many of these deep coral reefs have been subjected to destructive fishing techniques that flatten these ancient animal cities to where many of them look like open-field prairies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA is responding in the U.S. with increased efforts to monitor and reverse the situation.