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Help Protect America’s Great Barrier Reef

August 21, 2009

The government wants your comments on a proposal to protect more than 23,000 square miles of deep-sea corals from destructive fishing gear.

Deep beneath the crystalline blue surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern U.S. lies a virtual rain forest of coral reefs so expansive the network is believed to be the world’s largest.

A 23,000-square-mile area stretching from North Carolina to Florida is just part of that entire reef tract now being proposed for protection from potential damage by deep-sea commercial fishing and energy exploration.

You can learn more about this reef system in a Washington Post article, “Protection plan deep-sea coral reefs considered.”

If you’d like to help protect America’s deep sea coral reefs, you can fill out a simple form to tell the government to protect these marine ecosystems.

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