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Seamounts ARE vulnerable marine ecosystems

January 3, 2017

Seamounts increase the upwelling of nutrient rich waters resulting in a remarkable diversity of fishes and other open-ocean animals. These remote, deep areas are also a vital frontier for scientific discovery, as research expeditions continue to uncover new and rare marine species. Commercial fishing, for species like orange roughy, has already resulted in appreciable deterioration of habitats and loss of marine life. Because of this, seamounts are among a number of ocean features known as vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) receiving attention at United Nations meetings. Ocean Views