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New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals

July 28, 2006
"What's unusual is the diversity and density of corals all found in one place. It looks like a mix of different plants in a garden."
- Jon Kurland of the National Marine Fisheries Service

Anchorage, Alaska - Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska, will get special protection starting Friday.

It is the largest protected area in US waters and one of the biggest in the world, said Jon Kurland of the National Marine Fisheries Service.

The protections were deemed necessary because of the exceptional quality of the Alaska corals, he said.

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