MEPS 397:1-5 (2009)  -  doi:10.3354/meps08452

INTRODUCTION
Recent advances in deep-sea coral science and emerging links to conservation and management of deep-sea ecosystems

Karen Miller1,*, Helen Neil2, Di Tracey2

1Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 77, Hobart 7001, Australia
2National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) Taihoro Nukurangi, 301 Evans Bay Parade, Greta Point, Private Bag 14901, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand

ABSTRACT: Conservation and management of deep-sea corals and coral reefs was the theme of the 4th International Deepsea Coral Symposium held in Wellington, New Zealand from 1 to 5 December 2008. A selection of resulting studies is published here.  Recent advances in our understanding of deep-sea corals and associated ecosystems have demonstrated their high diversity, abundance, longevity and widespread global distribution. Such deep-water communities are increasingly threatened by anthropogenic environmental change (e.g. ocean acidity, fishing pressures) and require timely management policies and actions to reduce potential deleterious effects. The interdisciplinary nature of deep-sea coral research is a significant strength, helping to provide the broad base of knowledge and resources that are required for the conservation and management of this important ecological group.


KEY WORDS: Biodiversity · Ecology · Growth · Geochemical archives · Mapping tools · Conservation and management · Deep-sea corals · Symposium


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Cite this article as: Miller K, Neil H, Tracey D (2009) Recent advances in deep-sea coral science and emerging links to conservation and management of deep-sea ecosystems. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 397:1-5

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