Protecting Delicate Deep Sea Life

Written by on August 27, 2013 in Marine Life
Deep sea coral in the Pacific Ocean.

Deep sea coral in the Pacific Ocean. Photo credit: NOAA.

Last week, ocean conservation group Oceana launched an expedition to study the seafloor off the north and central coast of Oregon. The expedition came shortly after Oceana submitted a proposal for “protecting seafloor habitats while maintaining vibrant fisheries” to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Oceana scientists and crew of the research vessel, the Miss Linda, spent a week at sea capturing video footage of coldwater corals, sponges, and other living habitats using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

These living habitats are home to many commercially important species like rockfish, Pacific Ocean perch and Pacific cod, in addition to non-commercial speices like sea stars and octopuses. In order to maintain the delicate habitats and diversity found here, Oceana proposed 1,413 square miles be protected from bottom trawling.

This expedition focused on identifying and documenting the marine life present in these areas in order to better manage and protect them. The footage will also be used for public education.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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