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A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship

A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship
A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship
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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Mengerink, K.J.
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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. and Levin, L.A. (2014) A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship. Science, 344 (6185), 696-698. (doi:10.1126/science.1251458).

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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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Published date: 16 May 2014
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science

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Local EPrints ID: 365616
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/365616
ISSN: 0036-8075
PURE UUID: a2df5861-bd08-4fb1-8b03-efbb8c68a12f
ORCID for M. Baker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6977-8935

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Date deposited: 10 Jun 2014 14:07
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:53

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Author: K.J. Mengerink
Author: C.L. Van Dover
Author: J. Ardron
Author: M. Baker ORCID iD
Author: E. Escobar-Briones
Author: K. Gjerde
Author: J.A. Koslow
Author: E. Ramirez-Llodra
Author: A. Lara-Lopez
Author: D. Squires
Author: T. Sutton
Author: A.K. Sweetman
Author: L.A. Levin

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