Funding for this research was provided by:
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (ECOGIG II (Ecosystem Impacts of Oil and Gas Inputs to the Gulf))
Received: 7 October 2019
Accepted: 5 February 2020
First Online: 12 March 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Sampling deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Mexico does not require permits. Acknowledgement letters were acquired for all research cruises from NOAA following the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Collections in the Florida Keys were approved under permit FKNMS-2014-148-A2 and survey permit FKNMS-2010-130-A1 from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Collections in Curaçao were approved under CITES permit numbers 16US784243/9 and AN001.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.