Protecting America’s Deep Sea Treasures: The New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts Area

Issue Brief
March 01, 2015

Five undersea canyons off the southern New England coast and four nearby seamounts are home to a remarkable richness and diversity of ocean life. While their depth and isolation have kept these special ocean places largely pristine and free from human disturbance for millennia, the push to fish, drill, and mine in deeper and deeper waters will soon put these fragile habitats at risk. We must protect these deep sea treasures and avoid irreversible damage to remarkable ecosystems that we are still striving to understand.