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Victory! More Than 23,000 Square Miles of Rare Corals Protected

October 1, 2009

Good news for Atlantic coast coral reefs. Oceana reports that after more than five years of work by Oceana and others, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved a plan to protect more than 23,000 square miles of known deep-sea coral from North Carolina to Florida from destructive fishing gear. It’s believed to be the largest contiguous distribution of pristine deepwater coral ecosystems in the world. The decision will now be sent to NOAA for approval, and new regulations will likely take effect by the end of 2009.

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