MARCO Applauds Fishery Council Move to Protect Deep Sea Corals
MARCO applauds the
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC)
on their recent approval of an
amendment to protect deep sea corals
from the impacts of fishing gear in the Mid-Atlantic. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the amendment will create "deep sea coral protection zones" in areas where corals have been observed or where they are likely to occur.
The importance and value of commercial fisheries that operate in or near areas of deep sea coral habitat were also recognized by the Council.