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Research Document - 2010/090

Distribution of cold-water coral, sponges and sponge reefs in British Columbia with options for identifying significant encounters

By J.L. Finney and P. Boutillier

Abstract

British Columbia (BC) is home to a diversity of cold-water coral and sponges as well as globally unique hexactinellid (glass) sponge reefs. This paper summarizes the known distribution of cold-water coral, sponges, and sponge reefs in BC waters. It also provides options for identifying significant encounters with these animals during commercial fishing activity based on recorded catch weights.

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