Deep-sea Lophelia reefs off North Carolina coast are hot spots of biodiversity with several species of crabs including the red crab and deep-sea eels. This photo was taken also from Johnson Sea-Link. GIBS president Bob George made 4 presentations before the workshops organized by South Atlantic Fisheries Council 9SAFMC) in Charleston, St. Petersburg and Beaufort NC and recommend 6 ;hot spots of biodiversity’ on the Blake Plateau and recommended declaring these 6 areas as HAPCs by SAFMC. Photo courtesy of Dr. Steve Ross.

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