Deep-sea corals live in some of the least studied ecosystems on the planet, yet provide crucial support for fisheries and a number of other ecosystem services. This presentation, delivered by Heather Coleman, Coordinator of the Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program within the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation, will discuss little-known deep-sea coral facts and research updates, as well as teaching tools on the topic. We will also cover policies that the US has created to protect deep-sea coral habitats from damage, and remaining threats.
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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:
- "I really liked how Heather explained things. I liked hearing about her experience, the resources (like the NOAA deep sea coral map and associated lesson plans), and the general facts about coral."
- "Loved learning about things most people don't talk about much. Really enjoyed having the guest speaker, Heather Coleman, from NOAA as the expert in the field!"
- "The most interesting was all of the pictures. The shark egg cases, the tallest coral (18 feet), and more. Loved it all! Wow!"
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