Two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by deep ocean seafloor, but little is known about the ecosystem and its ability to withstand human impacts.

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay aims to create a global network of deep-sea stakeholders that will allow them to share their knowledge and inform decision-making about new industrial uses of the ocean and decrease the potential for serious harm to the environment.

The lab recently received a grant of $2 million from the National Science Foundation for its Crustal Ocean Biosphere Research Accelerator, or COBRA, project. Read more