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Figure 3: Looking to the Future
A B
Gulf of Mexico
A. Numerous banks in the northwest Gulf of Mexico that
harbor significant populations of deep-sea corals have been
identified as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, but some
of them do not carry any protection measures against the
impacts of bottom fishing, including 29 Fathom, Sonnier,
MacNeil and Rankin Bright Banks.
B. Other areas observed to contain deep-sea corals, but
have no special protections, such as Green Canyon, Mis-
sissippi Canyon, Viosca Knoll, Mississippi–Alabama Pin-
nacles, and southwest Florida Slope reefs
Alaska
A. Parts of the Bering Sea Slope
B. Some of the Aleutian Island cor-
al areas not currently protected
C. Gulf of Alaska
Primnoa
coral
habitats outside the protected areas
West Coast
A. Areas in the Olympic Coast
National Marine Sanctuary
where deep-sea corals have been
documented
B. Parts of Astoria Canyon that
have no special protections
C. Certain areas of Monterey
Canyon with no special protec-
tions
The Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program, through a review of its funded research and other scientific literature, has identified several locations
where deep-sea coral habitats are in areas open to bottom fishing with gears that can damage corals. The program is committed to helping resource managers
evaluate the need for protection at these locations, including:
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