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Deep-sea sponge vulnerable marine ecosystems under threat

NOC’s historic observations of the glass sponge Pheronema carpenteri in the Porcupine Seabight, NE Atlantic. Top row: original observations from 1983/4 (epibenthic sledge camera system); middle row: as observed in 1991 (WASP camera system); bottom row: specimens recovered in 1991, now held in the Discovery Collections.
Deep-sea sponges in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic), regarded as vulnerable marine ecosystems, appear to have declined dramatically in recent decades as a result of fishing, according to research published today. This work is based on... Read More

Venturing into the Weddell Sea to monitor the changing Southern Ocean

A CTD being deployed in the Southern Ocean
The team on board RRS Discovery as part of the ORCHESTRA project recently completed 104 casts measuring conductivity, temperature and depth along three sides of the Scotia Sea and into the Weddell Sea, as well as the first hydrographic survey in... Read More

Do deep-sea fish migrate?

The DELOS project is well matched with the NOC’s deep-ocean observation programme.
The first documented seasonal migrations of fish across the deep-sea floor has been revealed in research published today, involving NOC authors. NOC scientist Dr Daniel Jones, co-author of the article, said: “Learning anything about the... Read More

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