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Underwater Forest Off Coast Of Alabama Could Become U.S. Marine Sanctuary

By Nick Visser

From Mother Nature Network’s Russell McLendon:

An ancient, underwater forest off the coast of Alabama — hidden until recently by Mother Nature — is on track to become the second U.S. marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted unanimously this month to support the forest’s designation as a federal marine sanctuary, and to send a letter expressing that support to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Sanctuary status would still allow fishing and diving, but it would forbid disturbing the forest itself.

Ben Raines, executive director of the …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green