Spectacular coral reefs are usually associated with warm tropical climates but can be found in the cold, inky depths off Ireland and the UK. The expansion of deep-water trawling is causing widespread damage to these long-lived corals which can take over 4,500 years to build up.
Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, a marine biologist from the University of Plymouth, has been studying these cold water coral habitats and will be revealing previously-unseen footage from recent international expeditions at the BA Festival of Science in Dublin on 5 September. The footage includes spectacular images of the curious organisms that live amongst the corals at a depth of 1 km off the west coast of Ireland. The deep-water film also shows compelling evidence of coral reef damage.
‘Few people realise that we have such interesting, precious and dramatic habitats right on our doorstep,’ says Dr Hall-Spencer. ‘Some of these areas have yet to be explored, but even before we have had chance to see their treasures, they are being bulldozed by deep-water trawling. It is crucial that we take steps to protect the coral reefs before it is too late.’
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