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Mid-Atlantic canyons harbor 'treasure trove' of deep-sea corals

Mid-Atlantic canyons harbor 'treasure trove' of deep-sea corals

With ocean policymakers mulling new protections for deep-sea canyons off the East Coast, a new report portrays them as vulnerable "treasure troves" of marine life at risk from fishing trawlers. Drawing on a series of exploratory scientific cruises the past few years, the Natural Resources Defense Council says more than 40 different species of corals, at least three newly discovered, have been found in the submarine canyons cut into the continental shelf 100 miles off the Mid-Atlantic coast. "These canyons are treasure troves of discovery," said Brad Sewell, the NRDC's fisherires policy director.  Besides the corals, scientists on the National Oceanic and...