Discover variety of resources this portal have that were designed to enhance your understanding of corals, habitats and related species.
The spread of lionfish has been fast, and now they are threatening fishery resources and the health of corals in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rule establishes 13 new habitat areas of particular concern with fishing regulations, designates 8 new areas without fishing regulations, and modifies the regulations in 3 existing areas.
The gulf council managed a comprehensive database of ESA threatened coral locations in the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the ESA Coral explorer database.
Deep-water corals are some of the strangest habitats on earth. These corals live at depths of 1000 feet or more where sunlight doesn’t… Continue Reading Deep-water Coral in the Gulf of Mexico
Orange sea fans (Swiftia exserta) or red polyp octocoral are a type of gorgonians that belong to the group of non-photosynthetic cnidarian species. These… Continue Reading Orange Sea Fans of the Deep
In September 2014, NOAA Fisheries published a federal register notice that listed seven coral species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Understanding… Continue Reading Life History and Climate Change Impact to ESA-listed Corals
The ivory tree coral (Oculina varicosa) can be found in shallow and deep waters. In shallow waters, it is often patchily distributed on… Continue Reading A closer look at the Ivory Tree Coral
Lophelia pertusa is a prominent deep-sea coral in the Gulf of Mexico and one that plays a significant role in the designation of Habitat… Continue Reading Lophelia pertusa: A Closer Look