[Coral-List] Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy Released

Kimberly Puglise Kimberly.Puglise at noaa.gov
Thu Oct 1 17:05:47 EDT 2009

October 1, 2009

*Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy Released*

Today,* *NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Office of 
Ocean Exploration and Research released the first report to identify 
critical research needs for mesophotic coral ecosystems, which are found 
in tropical and subtropical regions at intermediate depths ranging from 
30 to150 meters.  Little is known or understood about these ecosystems, 
but scientists think that they may serve as potential sources to reseed 
or replenish degraded shallow-water coral populations and as critical 
habitats for commercially and ecologically important species.  NOAA 
collaborated on the report with experts from state, federal, and 
international agencies, academia, and nongovernmental organizations.  
For more information and copies of the /Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems 
Research Strategy/, please visit 

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Kimberly Puglise
Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
NOAA's National Ocean Service
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