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Deep-Sea Corals

Please note, this page provides a historical context and is no longer updated. For current information, visit NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program.

The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 (MSRA) provides NOAA additional science and management authorities related to deep-sea coral communities. The MSRA directed the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the appropriate regional fishery management councils (councils), and in coordination with other federal agencies and educational institutions, to establish a Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program. MSRA also authorized councils to designate zones to protect deep-sea corals from damage caused by fishing gear under fishery management plan discretionary provisions.

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Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act Provisions:

Additional Related Legislation

Several other mandates may provide additional authorities for NOAA to take action to conserve deep-sea corals:

  • National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.)
  • Endangered Species Act (16 USC 1531 et seq.).
  • Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 USC 661-666e).
  • Deep-Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act (30 USC 1404 et. seq.).
  • American Antiquities Act (16 USC 431-433).