November 28, 2018 | Greater Farallones Association eNews
The deep-sea habitat in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary hosts colorful corals, sponges, many species of fish and invertebrates. Whether its providing food, shelter, productivity, or filtering services, most of these animals carryout important ecosystem functions and are critical for the health of the surrounding marine environment. But these deep-sea animals and the communities they support are vulnerable to direct and indirect human activities, and currently face multiple threats from bottom trawling and oil and gas exploration to marine debris and ocean acidification due to climate change.
Navigate the unseen ocean deep through our the Deep-Sea Story Map below. Learn about the extraordinary deep-sea communities off the US West Coast, and how the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, with the help of the Greater Farallones Association, and other national marine sanctuaries, are working to protect these important deep-water communities for future generations.
Greater Farallones Association’s Sage Tezak was a main contributor to the creation of the story map.