Friday, June 5, 2009

Looking for coral on the British Columbia coast

The Living Oceans Society is launching a scientific expedition on the RV Cape Flattery to document deep sea coral in Dixon Entrance, the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound. They leave on June 8, and plan to use two submersibles to explore the sea bottom. Deep-sea corals and other slow-growing life forms are threatened by a fishing practice called bottom trawling, which scours the sea floor.
Here's a story from the Victoria Times-Colonist.
Here's an explanatory video:

One of the submersible pilots, Michael Reusher, is blogging about the expedition for Deep Sea News.

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