Deep sea corals and policy of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument
Drs. Rhian Waller and Aaron Strong
University of Maine
On September 15th, 2016, President Obama designated the 4,913 square-mile Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument off the coast of New England. Among the main drivers for its creation was the preservation of marine diversity, most notably that of deep sea corals. Deep sea corals are integral in providing the foundation for vibrant deep-sea ecosystems, but due to their relative inaccessibility compared to their shallow water counterparts, they represent more of an enigma in the public eye. Amidst the designation (roughly the size of Connecticut), industry members particularly in fisheries have raised objections to the executive authority exercised in creating the monument. At a time when conservationists seem to be rejoicing, fishing industry members face dimmer future prospects in a region and occupation already rife with uncertainty. In this special seminar, Dr. Waller will give an overview of deep sea coral biology and ecology. Dr. Strong will follow with a broad discussion of the legal and policy ramifications associated with the designation. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion period.
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For those interested, a short introduction to Cnidarians and a chance to view deep sea corals under a microscope with Dr. Waller will precede the seminar in Aubert 488 at 1:00 pm. All are welcome!
Host: Robert Boenish (firstname.lastname@example.org)