Habitat Protection More Important Now Than Ever Before

All animals need safe places to grow, reproduce, and find food. Marine animals are no different. In the ocean, their habitats can be the sandy bottom, a seamount rising from the ocean floor, or a deep canyon carved into the continental shelf. These places are affected by pollution and other human activities such as oil and gas drilling and use of destructive fishing gear, which research shows can have negative consequences. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tasked with regulating ocean fishing and protecting our nation's ocean resources.

Creole Wrasse in the Dry Tortugas National Park
Creole Wrasse in the Dry Tortugas National Park
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Major Move to Protect Spawning Fish in U.S. Waters

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Fish may soon have some newly protected places to spawn in U.S. waters of the South Atlantic thanks to a measure approved today by fishery leaders.

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Protect Fish Habitat

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Fish, like all animals, need sufficient places to find shelter and food, grow, and reproduce. Healthy marine habitats ensure a sustainable supply of fish for commercial and recreational fisheries. But these essential places— including deep-sea corals, kelp forests, and seamounts—are under threat.