Corner Rise Seamounts

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Corner Rise Seamounts
The Corner Rise Seamounts
Location North Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 35°23′27.8″N 51°40′39.4″W / 35.391056°N 51.677611°W / 35.391056; -51.677611Coordinates: 35°23′27.8″N 51°40′39.4″W / 35.391056°N 51.677611°W / 35.391056; -51.677611

The Corner Rise Seamounts are a chain of extinct submarine volcanoes in the northern Atlantic Ocean east of the New England Seamounts. Both it and the New England Seamounts were formed by the Great Meteor hotspot.[1] It is the shallowest seamount in New England, with some of its nineteen highest peaks only 800–900 m deep.[2]

Like most seamounts, they attract fish. Over 175 species have been found there,[1] including splendid alfonsino, black cardinal fish, black scabbardfish, and wreckfish.[2] Trawl fishing during the 1970s and 1980s resulted in approximately 20,000 tons of fish being harvested.[1] As a result, the seamounts were closed to demersal fishing (collecting fish near the bottom of the ocean, as opposed to pelagic fishing, collecting fish near the surface) beginning 1 January 1997. The original ban was supposed to be lifted 31 December 2010,[1] but was extended until 31 December 2020.[2] Almost a decade into the ban, a 2005 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution survey found that two of the peaks, Kükenthal and Yakutat, had been stripped bare of both corals and bottom-dwelling animals.[3][4] However the survey, which covered both the Corner Rise and New England Seamounts, found 270 species of invertebrates and crustaceans, including 70 species unique to the Corner Rise Seamounts.[5]


Seamounts within the Corner Rise Seamount chain include:


  1. ^ a b c d Shank, Timothy M. (March 2010). "SPOTLIGHT 4: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts" (PDF). Oceanography. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Corner Seamounts". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Kusek, Kristen M. (6 November 2007). "Coral Catastrophe on the Corner Rise Seamounts". Oceanus Magazine. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Waller, Rhian & Les Watling (1 October 2007). "Anthropogenic Impacts on the Corner Rise Seamounts, North-West Atlantic Ocean". DigitalCommons @ UMaine. University of Maine. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Auster, Peter J. "Linking Biodiversity in the Deep Sea to International Management Needs" (PDF). Oceans and Law of the Sea. United Nations. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 

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