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A call for deep-ocean stewardship
Mengerink, K.J.; Van Dover, C.L.; Ardron , J.; Baker, M.; Escobar-Briones, E.; Gjerde, K.; Koslow, J.A.; Ramirez-Llodra, E.; Lara-Lopez, A.; Squires, D.; Sutton, T.; Sweetman, A.K.; Levin, L.A. (2014). A call for deep-ocean stewardship. Science (Wash.) 344(6185): 696-698.
In: Science (Washington). American Association for the Advancement of Science: New York, N.Y. ISSN 0036-8075, more
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  • Mengerink, K.J.
  • Van Dover, C.L.
  • Ardron, J.
  • Baker, M.
  • Escobar-Briones, E.
  • Gjerde, K.
  • Koslow, J.A.
  • Ramirez-Llodra, E.
  • Lara-Lopez, A.
  • Squires, D.
  • Sutton, T.
  • Sweetman, A.K.
  • Levin, L.A.

    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 (1). 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.

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