No vote to protect deep-sea corals off Va and Mid-Atlantic

Council members meeting in Raleigh, N.C., decided instead to postpone a final decision until its June meeting in Virginia Beach, giving them time to hold another workshop to gather more input from coastal fisheries. The council is considering several options to restrict fishing in “broad zones” of the Atlantic based on ocean depth and in “discrete zones” already known to contain valuable coral habitats. Several members said they believe they’re close to an agreement with commercial fisheries on discrete zone boundaries but that another workshop could seal the deal. Read the rest here 17:02

  • Joel Hovanesian

    This may seem like a stupid observation but here goes. If these vast areas of coral are there to this day than what the f*#$ is the problem? This seems like yet another attempt to rid the ocean of those pesky food producers known as fishermen to make way for ocean industrialization.
    I wonder how the corals look in the Gulf of Mexico around the Deepwater Horizon spill site! #idiotsoneandall