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Center: NWFSC
Document ID: 7475
Type of Book: Technical
Section or Chapter Title: State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the U.S. Pacific Coast: California to Washington
Book Title: The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States
Author: C. Whitmire, M. E. Clarke
Editor: S. E. Lumsden, T. F. Hourigan, A. W. Bruckner, G. Dorr (Eds.)
Publication Year: 2007
City: Silver Spring, MD
Publisher: NOAA
Volume: CRCP-3
Pages: 109-154
Keywords: deep-sea coral,cold-water coral
Description:

This report represents the first effort by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with other federal, academic and non-governmental partners, to bring together available information on the abundance and distribution of structure-forming corals that occur in U.S. waters at depths greater than 50 m. It consists of an introduction, National Overview and seven regional chapters describing deep coral communities in U.S. waters off Alaska, the U.S. West Coast, Hawai'i and the U.S. Insular Pacific, the Northeastern U.S., Southeastern U.S., Gulf of Mexico, and U.S. Caribbean. This report reflects the tremendous increase in awareness of these communities that has evolved over the last few years as the result of increasing exploration and research to understand deeper regions of the oceans. In the U.S., NOAA is proud to serve as a leading partner in much of this work.

This report fulfills a commitment made in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan as part of an overall effort to research, survey and protect deep coral communities. It reflects NOAA’s growing understanding of the importance of these communities as hot-spots for deep-water biological diversity, and NOAA’s commitment to ensuring their enhanced conservation. This report is also a central part of a broader NOAA effort to develop a National Deep Coral and Sponge Research, Conservation and Management Strategy. We hope that this first Report on the State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States will stimulate additional research, surveys and protection, and hope that periodic future reports will document both increased understanding and protection of these unique and valuable ecosystems.

Full Text URL: http://www.coris.noaa.gov/activities/deepcoral_rpt/
Official Citation:

Whitmire CE and Clarke ME. 2007. State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the U.S. Pacific Coast: California to Washington. pp. 109-154. In: SE Lumsden, Hourigan TF, Bruckner AW, and Dorr G (eds.) The State of Deep Coral Ecosystems of the United States. NOAA Technical Memorandum CRCP=3. Silver Spring, MD 365 pp.