In 2007, Greenpeace took a deep sea expedition to the Zhemchug and Pribilof canyons in Alaska’s Bering Sea. The expedition brought to surface the first ever footage of deep sea life in the canyons!
According to Greenpeace, the Zhemchug and Pribilof canyons support some of the ocean’s largest and most productive ecosystems. Despite the depths of the two canyons (both are larger than Arizona’s Grand Canyon), the lush ecosystems they support are threatened by overfishing.
A recent study conducted by the University of California Santa Barbara, Greenpeace, and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center, found that there is evidence of disturbance caused by industrial fishing activity in the remote canyons of the Bering Sea.
In response to the study, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) has initiated a process to assess their current fishery management and habitat-protection measures in the canyons.
Check out footage from Greenpeace’s expedition! The videos offer a unique chance to explore colorful ocean life at depths of the sea!!