June 22, 2018
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Coral protections in Atlantic Ocean up for key vote

Courtesy of Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team
Courtesy of Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team
Colorful corals and anemones in west Jordan Basin are pictured in this photo taken in the summer of 2014 by coral researchers.
The Associated Press

Federal fishing regulators are set to vote on a proposal that could protect nearly 90 percent of the coral habitat in a key commercial fishing area off New England.

The New England Fishery Management Council is expected to vote on the proposal on Tuesday. The council approved protections in another key fishing area, the Gulf of Maine, in June.

The same council has held off on voting on protections for an area south of Georges Bank until it could get more information about how the protections would impact commercial fisheries.

The council could send a completed coral protection plan to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation if it makes a decision on Tuesday. Environmentalists and fishermen have debated the protections for several years.

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