New paper in Science Advances sheds light on biosilicification in sponges

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The new paper led by our team member Manuel Maldonado (and collaborators the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the London Museum of Natural History) describes how the cooperation between passive and active silicon transporters clarifies the ecophysiology and evolution of … Read More

Drivers of Megabenthic Community Structure in One of the World’s Deepest Silled-Fjords, Sognefjord (Western Norway)

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REFERENCE Meyer, Heidi K; Roberts, Emyr M; Mienis, Furu; Rapp, Hans Tore (2020). Frontiers in Marine Science https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00393. ABSTRACT The Sognefjord is the longest (205 km) and deepest (1308 m) fjord in Norway, and the second-longest in the world. Coast-fjord … Read More

Technical measures and environmental risk assessments for deep-sea sponge conservation

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REFERENCE Thompson, T; Fuller, SD (2020). FAO. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3859806. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Reducing the impacts of deep-sea bottom fishing in the high seas on non-target and associated and dependent species, including vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) is an important element of an ecosystem-based … Read More

A Pictorial Guide to the Epibenthic Megafauna of Orphan Knoll (northwest Atlantic) Identified from In Situ Benthic Video Footage

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REFERENCE Wudrick, A; Beazley, L; Culwick, T; Goodwin, C; Cárdenas, P; Xavier, J; Kenchington, E (2020). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. https://zenodo.org/record/3835865. ABSTRACT In 2010, Fisheries and Oceans Canada led a multidisciplinary oceanographic research mission onboard the Canadian Coast … Read More

Mapping benthic ecological diversity and interactions with bottom-contact fishing on the Flemish Cap (northwest Atlantic)

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REFERENCE Murillo, FJ; Kenchington, E; Koen-Alonso, M; Gijarro, J; Kenchington, TJ; Sacau, M; Beazley, L; Rapp, HT (2020). Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106135. ABSTRACT The ecological diversity of benthic invertebrates from bottom trawl surveys was mapped for the Flemish Cap, a plateau … Read More

Rock sponges (lithistid Demospongiae) of the Northeast Atlantic seamounts, with description of ten new species

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REFERENCE Carvalho, Francisca C; Cárdenas, Paco; Ríos, Pilar; Cristobo, Javier; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R (2020). Peer J. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Background: Lithistid demosponges, also known as rock sponges, are a polyphyletic group of sponges which are widely distributed. In … Read More

Deep-sea sponge grounds as nutrient sinks: denitrification is common in boreo-Arctic sponges

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REFERENCE Rooks, Christine; Fang, James Kar-Hei; Mørkved, Pål Tore; Zhao, Rui; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R; Hoffmann, Friederike (2020). Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Sponges are commonly known as general nutrient providers for the marine ecosystem, recycling organic matter into various … Read More

Climate-induced changes in the suitable habitat of cold-water corals and commercially important deep-sea fishes in the North Atlantic

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REFERENCE Morato, Telmo; González-Irusta, José-Manuel; Dominguez-Carrió, Carlos; Wei, Chih-Lin; Davies, Andrew; Sweetman, Andrew K; Taranto, Gerald H; Beazley, Lindsay; García-Alegre, Ana; Grehan, Anthony; Laffargue, Pascal; Murillo, Francisco Javier; Sacau, Mar; Vaz, Sandrine; Kenchington, Ellen; Arnaud-Haond, Sophie; Callery, Oisín; Chimienti, Giovanni; … Read More

Comparison of physical connectivity particle tracking models in the Flemish Cap region

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REFERENCE Wang, Shuangqiang; Wang, Zeilang; Lirette, Camille; Davies, Andrew J; Kengchington, Ellen (2019). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3663643. ABSTRACT Lagrangian particle tracking models are considered an important tool for assessing connectivity in the deep sea. A number of … Read More

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