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The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States: 2015

Habitat dominated by deepwater sponges at Rittenburg Bank, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Credits: NOAA. -- Habitat dominated by deepwater sponges at Rittenburg Bank, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Since NOAA published the 2007 State of Deep Coral Ecosystems report, many deep-sea coral research and management efforts have taken place. This 2015 publication presents these exciting advances. Like the 2007 report, we have regional chapters describing the distribution and ecology of the deep-sea coral ecosystems, but we also include sponges in the scope. These are interspersed with spotlight chapters that explore a number of cross-cutting topics in deep-sea coral and sponge research. The prepublication edition of some chapters is now released below. Please come back later as more chapters are added in the coming months.

The State of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Ecosystems of the United States: 2015 -- Thomas F. Hourigan, Peter J. Etnoyer, Stephen D. Cairns Eds.

For additional information contact:
deepseacoraldata@noaa.gov