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

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

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

Characterization and mapping of a deep-sea sponge ground on the Tropic Seamount (Northeast Tropical Atlantic): Implications for spatial management in the high seas

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REFERENCE Ramiro-Sánchez, Berta; Gonzalez-Irusta, José Manuel; Henry, Lea-Anne; Cleland, Jason; Yeo, Isobel; Xavier, Joana R; Carreiro-Silva, Marina; Sampaio, Ìris; Spearmanm, Jeremy; Victorero, Lissette; Messing, Charles G; Kazanidis, Georgios; Roberts, J Murray; Murton, Bramley (2019). Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00278. ABSTRACT … Read More

A multi criteria assessment method for identifying Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the North-East Atlantic

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REFERENCE Morato, Telmo; Pham, Christopher K; Pinto, Carlos; Golding, Neil; Ardron, Jeff A; Duràn Munoz, Pablo; Neat, Francis (2018). Frontiers in Marine Sciences. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00460. ABSTRACT In international fisheries management, scientific advice on the presence of “vulnerable marine ecosystems” (VMEs) per … Read More

Deep Sea – From Unknown to Intended – Deep Sea Observatories, a Tool to Monitor Human Activities

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REFERENCE Colaço, Ana; Carreiro-Silva, Marina (2018). Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Oceano: uma Utopia Útil / Sustainable Development of the Ocean: a Necessity. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2600712. ABSTRACT The deep-sea environment is the largest ecosystem on earth and poorly study. The lack of affordable technology … Read More

Deep-sea sponges in practice – Six info-sheets by SponGES partner FAO

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SponGES partner FAO just released six info-sheets about deep-sea sponges and their habitats, covering topics like: What is the role of sponges in the marine environment? How can sponges be identified and what are the procedures to preserve sponge samples … Read More

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