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Volume 23, No. 1
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Can We Protect Seamounts for Research? A Call For Conservation

Telmo Morato Tony J. PitcherMalcolm R. ClarkGui MenezesFernando Tempera Filipe Porteiro Eva GiacomelloRicardo S. Santos
Article Abstract

Extractive processes such as fishing and mining are degrading seamount ecosystems considerably, raising serious concerns about the impacts of these practices on global ocean biodiversity and key fluxes. Despite the data collected to date, we remain ignorant of the quantitative details of many of these issues. To address this limitation, we call for the closure of selected seamounts for research purposes. These research seamounts will act as baselines for recovery, and should be earmarked for monitoring and fundamental research. We describe an innovative bio-observatory at Condor Seamount in the Azores as one possible model.


Morato, T., T.J. Pitcher, M.R. Clark, G. Menezes, F. Tempera, F. Porteiro, E. Giacomello, and R.S. Santos. 2010. Can we protect seamounts for research? A call for conservation. Oceanography 23(1):190–199, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2010.71.


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