Gulf of Mexico
Not only is it an area with increasing fishing pressure, but it is a rich resource for oil as well, threatening many of the habitats and structures that make the Gulf so diverse. Some of these structures include the ridges, pinnacles, banks, mounds, canyons and steep underwater cliffs, all of which provide important three dimensional foundations for rich living habitats.
The submerged islands, deep canyons and other topographic features of the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico host diverse ecological communities, including coral gardens and mussel beds.
Learn more about the corals of the Gulf of Mexico.