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Deep Sea Corals in the Mid-Atlantic Now Protected

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted to protect deep sea corals from most bottom fishing over about 38,000 square miles of ocean, from New York to Virginia. The squid fishery worked with scientists to create boundaries for 15 deepwater canyons and other sites where bottom fishing would be prohibited. The vote excludes red crab fisheries for two years and does not include lobster fishing, oil and gas drilling, or laying cables or other underwater activities.

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