Deep Sea Treasures: Protecting Our Atlantic Submarine Canyons and Seamounts

The undersea canyons and seamounts off the U.S. Atlantic coast are home to an extraordinary universe of life, from a living seafloor of vibrant and rare coldwater corals, anemones and sponges, to an array of fish and marine mammal species, including the endangered sperm whale. Relatively undisturbed for thousands of years, these ocean oases are now in danger of irreversible damage from advanced fishing technologies and oil and gas exploration.