Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic

Extensive deep-sea sponge fields of Pheronema carpenteri have been discovered by the LULA1000 crew, south of the Island of Pico.

Those communities will be studied during a series of dives to be carried out during 2018, within the European SponGES project.

Deep-sea Sponge Grounds Ecosystems of the North Atlantic,
an integrated approach towards their preservation and sustainable exploitation

An international research and innovation project.

SponGES is a research and innovation project funded under the H2020 Blue Growth BG1 call. Its overarching goal is to develop an integrated ecosystem-based approach to preserve and sustainably use deep-sea sponge ecosystems of the North Atlantic. For more information: