Deepsea Coral Research Priorities Workshop

SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division researcher Mary Yoklavich participated in a 2-day workshop to develop priorities for NOAA’s Deepsea Coral Program research on the west coast for the next 2-3 years. This group of about 40 scientists reached easy consensus on the top three areas of research:

  1. Distribution, abundance, and diversity of deepsea corals and sponges;
  2. Ecological role of deepsea corals and sponges, especially as relevant to essential fish habitat; and
  3. Biology of deepsea corals and sponges (age, growth, physiology, reproduction, etc.).

A report from the workshop will be the basis for funding west coast research and related activities in FY11 and FY12.

(February 1, 2010)