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    Species identification is important for ecological, evolutionary, systematic, and biodiversity studies, many of which contribute to the development of conservation and management plans. This leaflet provides a brief overview of how sponges can be best identified, with links to existing species identification tools.
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    Sponges are multicellular organisms that have porous bodies with channels, allowing water to circulate through them. Sponge dominated ecosystems are very diverse in terms of community composition and structure, the geomorphological features they inhabit and their geographical and bathymetric distributions. Sponge ecosystems are found along continental shelves, slopes, seamounts, mid-ocean ridges, canyons and deep fjords at depths from 30 to 3,000 meters. This leaflet provides an overview of the different roles Sponges may have in the marine environment and the ecosystem services they may provide.
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    The importance of avoiding significant adverse impacts on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems is highlighted in international fora. Sponges are identified as possible indicator species for the presence of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems. This leaflet provides concice information of what VMEs are, explaining key concepts and definitions, including for Significant Adverse Impacts. It also provides examples of species groups, communities and habitat forming species that may contribute to the forming of VMEs in the North Atlantic.

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