The SponGES Project
SponGES is an EU funded (Horizon 2020) project with the overall objective of developing an integrated ecosystem-based approach for the preservation and sustainable exploitation of vulnerable deep-sea sponge ecosystems in the North Atlantic. The SponGES project will be delivered by an international and interdisciplinary consortium of partners, including research institutions, environmental non-governmental, and intergovernmental organisations.
The SponGES project has the following aims:
To improve our understanding of North Atlantic sponge grounds by investigating their distribution, diversity, biogeography, function, and dynamics.
To unlock the biotechnological potential of sponge ground ecosystems, improving innovation and industrial application.
To understand the threats to sponge ground ecosystems, and to model and predict the impacts of future climate change on these ecosystems.
To inform policy-making with regards to vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems and to develop tools for improved resource management and good governance of these ecosystems.
Visit the project website: http://www.deepseasponges.org/.