Deep below the Atlantic Ocean's surface, a unique undersea world of colorful and strangely shaped corals, anemones and sponges serves as a cradle of life for teeming schools of fish and shellfish.
The types of corals and sponges found here have inspired technological advances ranging from compounds for cancer treatments, models for artificial synthesis of human bone and elements for more durable optic cables.
Our precious corals are under threat, as a growing global appetite for seafood drives fishing deeper and deeper into the ocean. Just a single pass of a weighted "bottom trawl" net could wipe out living seafloor that has taken hundreds or even thousands of years to establish.
Send a message to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council urging protection of these rich and vulnerable deep sea corals, before it is too late.
February 7, 2013 Action Alert ID# 54
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