OTTAWA (AFP) — An underwater volcanic mountain teaming with ocean life off Canada’s Pacific Coast has been added to the nation’s growing list of marine protected areas, officials said Tuesday.
“Bowie Seamount is an oceanic oasis in the deep sea, a rare and ecologically rich marine area, and our government is proud to take action to ensure it is protected,” Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn said in a statement.[…]
The seamount, located 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in Canada’s Pacific northwest, rises from a depth of 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) to within 24 meters (79 feet) of the sea surface.[…]