The Biology, Ecology and Vulnerability of Deep-Water Coral Reefs.

01 January 2004 | Downloads - publication

Executive Summary

Deep-sea coral reefs live in the cold, dark waters of the oceans but like
shallow water tropical coral reefs they have a distinct, diverse and
sometimes highly endemic associated animal community. These reefs
are under direct threat from deep-sea trawling and in some areas
have already been seriously impacted by fishing. At present there is no
protection for these habitats on the high seas.