19 May '18, 7am

Going Deep to Save Our Ocean Treasures

A feather star crinoid NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program Just off the Eastern Seaboard of the United States lies a series of deep underwater canyons, home to colorful and rare gardens of cold-water corals, sponges, and anemones. Hudson Canyon, off the New York–New Jersey coast, is a watery Grand Canyon of sorts, nearly as big as the terrestrial version. It provides food, shelter, and nursery areas for a variety of creatures, from exotic, thumb-size deep-sea fish to huge species like the iconic sperm whale. As a country, we’ve taken strides to protect our natural treasures on land. But what’s out of sight under the ocean’s surface is often out of mind—and under threat by, for example, harmful fishing practices. Fortunately, NRDC and other concerned groups have joined together to protect these valuable ocean ecosystems and to keep them wild for years to come. Preemptive protecti...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/stories/going-deep-save-our-ocean-tr...

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