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Deep-sea trawling is destroying coral reefs and pristine marine habitats

02/18/2010

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/feb/18/deep-sea-trawling-coral-reefs

Ian Sample, San Diego  guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 February 2010 22.00 GMT

Deep-sea trawling is devastating corals and pristine marine habitats that have gone untouched since the last ice age, a leading marine biologist has warned.

A survey of the world's reefs and seamounts – giant submerged mountains that rise more than a kilometre above the seabed – has revealed widespread damage to the ecosystems, many of which are home to species unknown to science, said Jason Hall-Spencer at Plymouth University in the UK….