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2010, Oceanography 23(1):190–199, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2010.71

Can We Protect Seamounts for Research?
A Call For Conservation

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Telmo Morato | Instituto do Mar (IMAR), Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica (ISR), and Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal, and is also with the Oceanic Fisheries Program, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia

Tony J. Pitcher | Fisheries Centre, Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Malcolm R. Clark | National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, Wellington, New Zealand

Gui Menezes | IMAR, ISR, and Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal

Fernando Tempera | IMAR, ISR, and Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal

Filipe Porteiro | IMAR, ISR, and Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal

Eva Giacomello | Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal

Ricardo S. Santos | IMAR, ISR, and Department of Oceanography and Fisheries, and University of the Azores, Horta, Faial, Portugal

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Abstract

Extractive processes such as fishing and mining are degrading seamount ecosystems considerably, raising serious concerns about the impacts of these practices on global ocean biodiversity and key fluxes. Despite the data collected to date, we remain ignorant of the quantitative details of many of these issues. To address this limitation, we call for the closure of selected seamounts for research purposes. These research seamounts will act as baselines for recovery, and should be earmarked for monitoring and fundamental research. We describe an innovative bio-observatory at Condor Seamount in the Azores as one possible model.

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Citation

Morato, T., T.J. Pitcher, M.R. Clark, G. Menezes, F. Tempera, F. Porteiro, E. Giacomello, and R.S. Santos. 2010. Can we protect seamounts for research? A call for conservation. Oceanography 23(1):190–199, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2010.71.

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