Monday, May 20, 2024

US Government Looks To Extend Gold Coral Harvest Moratorium For Another Five Years

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The US government is proposing extending the harvest moratorium on deep-water Gold Corals through June 30, 2028.

The current moratorium ended June 30 of this year, according to a notice published this week.

These corals are very slow-growing and can live over a thousand years, the US National Marine Fisheries Service states in the notice:

“Extending the moratorium for another 5 years would ensure that no harvesting of gold corals takes place and would allow time for additional research that could inform future management decisions regarding sustainable harvest of this resource.”

Gold corals live in deep water, about 100m/328ft to 1,500m/4,921ft below the surface. According to the NMFS, small amounts of these corals are used to adorn jewelry.

Check out the full notice here.

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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