Alaska’s Coral Gardens Get Protection
What was very unusual here was having so many different species growing together in one space, almost like a garden
- Jon Kurland, NOAA
Alaska's rare coral gardens will be protected under a new federal rule setting large areas of the sea floor off-limits to bottom trawling.
The new rule protects 370,000 square miles of ocean floor from bottom trawling, making it the largest protected marine habitat in the United States. The rule takes effect July 28.