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A call for deep-ocean stewardship


Mengerink, KJ and Van Dover, CL and Ardron, J and Baker, M and Escobar-Briones, E and Gjerde, K and Koslow, JA and Ramirez-Llodra, E and Lara-Lopez, A and Squires, D and Sutton, T and Sweetman, AK and Levin, LA, A call for deep-ocean stewardship, Science, 344, (6185) pp. 696-698. ISSN 0036-8075 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science

DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1251458


Covering more than half the planet, the deep ocean sequesters atmospheric CO2 and recycles major nutrients; is predicted to hold millions of yet-to-be-described species; and stores mind-boggling quantities of untapped energy resources, precious metals, and minerals. It is an immense, remote biome, critical to the health of the planet and human well-being. The deep ocean (defined here as below a typical continental shelf break, >200 m) faces mounting challenges as technological advances - including robotics, imaging, and structural engineering - greatly improve access. We recommend a move from a frontier mentality of exploitation and single-sector management to a precautionary system that balances use of living marine resources, energy, and minerals from the deep ocean with maintenance of a productive and healthy marine environment, while improving knowledge and collaboration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:deep ocean, setwardship
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Lara-Lopez, A (Dr Ana Lara-Lopez)
ID Code:98582
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:159
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-02-19
Last Modified:2017-11-29

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