Deep-Sea Corals Gain Protection in Mediterranean

Written by on December 11, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

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Countries unite to apprehend illegal fishing vessel
INTERPOL has issued a Purple Notice that was circulated to all 190 INTERPOL member countries to help New Zealand, Australia and Norway identify an illegal fishing vessel. The vessel, Thunder, has operated under several names and flags in an attempt to avoid being caught violating international laws. The vessels is believed to be in the Southern Ocean, illegally fishing for Patagonian toothfish (Chilean Sea Bass).

Deep-sea coral.

Deep-sea coral. Photo credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration.

Mediterranean summit ends with a victory for deep-sea corals
At the 18th COP to the Barcelona Convention, held last week in Istanbul, Mediterranean countries and the EU formally adopted decisions to protect eleven species of deep-sea corals and implement the Action Plan on Dark Habitats. The Action Plan will enable the creation of marine protected areas for important deep-sea habitats like seamounts and submarine canyons and caves. This is milestone represents a huge victory for deep-sea habitats which are typically overlooked when it comes to conservation plans and policies.

Quality Of Biodiversity, Not Just Quantity, Is Key
When it comes to preserving biodiversity, many would agree that the goal is to save as many species as possible, no matter which ones. But new research reveals that it’s not just the number of species saved, but the number of key species — ones that play vital roles in their ecosystems. Researchers studied biodiversity loss in a salt marsh and determined that having a group of “distantly related species, representing markedly different ecologies and biology” is just as important, if not more important, than having more species in general.

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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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