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Webinar: NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program: A Decade of Research for Deep-Sea Conservation

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Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:00

Thursday, January 23, 2020. 3:00PM. Webinar: NOAA’s Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program: A Decade of Research for Deep-Sea Conservation. Tom Hourigan, NOAA Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program. Sponsored by NOAA. More information here.

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) established the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program in 2009 as the first U.S. program dedicated to providing scientific information to inform the management of deep-sea coral ecosystems. The Program focuses on 1) developing alliances and partnerships; 2) conducting 3-4 year regional field research and analysis initiatives on deep-sea biogenic habitats; and 3) creating frameworks for data and information to guide management. In the decade since, our program and partnerships have supported integrated research initiatives and smaller targeted projects in every U.S. region, from the Bering Sea to the U.S. Caribbean, and from New England Seamounts to American Samoa. We have supported advances in predictive habitat modeling, developed the first comprehensive deep-sea coral species list for U.S. waters, and made information from past and new research available through our data portal (deepseacoraldata.noaa.gov). Here we present highlights from this body of research and show how our Program's findings and information have catalyzed U.S. deepwater conservation action. As we enter our second decade, deepwater ecosystems will face new challenges from expanding economic activities in offshore waters and changing ocean conditions. We explore directions that our research, partnerships, and approaches are moving in order to meet these challenges and to better support both national and international marine conservation.

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