Deep-Sea Coral Research and Restoration

Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries

collage of photos showing corals and sponges in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA's Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay national marine sanctuaries are working with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Pacific Fishery Management Council to propose deep-sea coral research and restoration seafloor areas, which would be protected from bottom contact gear at selected locations within the two sanctuaries. The process begins with scoping at the September Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting where the public can review the document and provide feedback at the meeting.

Public Participation

  • An online briefing will be held on August 24, 2023.
  • On September 11, 2023, the scoping document will be presented to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The public is invited to engage in this process.

Scoping Document/Additional Information

Deep-Sea Coral Research and Restoration Scoping Document

This document describes the initial scope of action, process, and timeline to select and protect areas for coral research and restoration within the two sanctuaries.

Deep-Sea Coral Research and Restoration Workshops Summary

This document summarizes the subject matter expert input from NOAA and other deep-sea coral scientists regarding the scientific selection criteria and data provided on the five select locations.

Deep-Sea Coral Research and Restoration Scoping Tool

This tool includes data layers on each of the proposed areas within the five locations, including data on species and number of observed corals, substrate (or seafloor) habitat such as rocky reefs, depth, and management boundaries.

2022 Draft Restoration Plan and NEPA Evaluation for the YFD-70 Dry Dock

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries released a draft plan in December of 2022. The goal of the YFD-70 Restoration Plan is to restore deep-sea coral resources, habitat, and animals, as a result of injuries from the sinking of a large dry dock.