Beauty and Destruction in the World's Largest Underwater Canyons
Wednesday- April 2, 2008
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.
John Hocevar, Senior Oceans Specialist with Greenpeace USA, will present video and images from Greenpeace's exploration of two of the world's largest underwater canyons. Zhemchug and Pribilof Canyons are located in the heart of the Bering Sea fishing grounds of some of the world's largest fisheries, so the findings from this expedition have immediate implications for management and conservation. At least fourteen species of coral were observed, as well as an unexpected abundance and diversity of sponges. Considerable evidence of fishing impacts to benthic marine life was documented in these deep, remote locations. Hocevar will share preliminary findings from the expedition and discuss management proposals to protect habitat-forming invertebrates.