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2015-02-09. Atlantic Corals: Colorful and Vulnerable.

posted Feb 12, 2015, 10:27 PM by Alan Gould
James Gorman, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 7. Excerpt: A council that sets regulations for fishing off the mid-Atlantic coast will meet on Wednesday to consider protections for little known and fragile ecosystems of deep sea corals in and around 15 ocean sites. Environmental groups and sport fishermen are pushing for protection of these canyons .... The squid-fishing industry is opposed to the broader restrictions .... Some of the corals could also be affected by oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic, after President Obama said last month that he would open up the region to oil and gas leases. However, different agencies are involved in that process. ....  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/science/atlantic-corals-colorful-and-vulnerable.html.