Author: Madeleine Gregory
After about 40 years of federal protection, destroyed underwater mountain ecosystems are showing signs of life.
The Northwest Hawaiian Ridge and the Lower Emperor Seamount Chain are underwater mountain ranges located in the deep sea that are home to coral communities, vulnerable marine ecosystems that hosts many rare organisms. These mountain ranges were heavily fished in the 1960s through the 1980s, leaving scars, rubble, lost gear, and destroyed coral communities on these seamounts.
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