A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship

Kathryn J. Mengerink, Cindy L. Van Dover, Jeff Ardron, Maria Baker, Elva Escobar-Briones, Kristina Gjerde, J. Anthony Koslow, Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Ana Lara-Lopez, Dale Squires, Tracey Sutton, Andrew K Sweetman, Lisa A. Levin

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-698
Number of pages3
JournalScience
Volume344
Issue number6185
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2014

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Mengerink, K. J., Van Dover, C. L., Ardron, J., Baker, M., Escobar-Briones, E., Gjerde, K., ... Levin, L. A. (2014). A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship. Science, 344(6185), 696-698. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1251458
Mengerink, Kathryn J. ; Van Dover, Cindy L. ; Ardron, Jeff ; Baker, Maria ; Escobar-Briones, Elva ; Gjerde, Kristina ; Koslow, J. Anthony ; Ramirez-Llodra, Eva ; Lara-Lopez, Ana ; Squires, Dale ; Sutton, Tracey ; Sweetman, Andrew K ; Levin, Lisa A. / A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship. In: Science. 2014 ; Vol. 344, No. 6185. pp. 696-698.
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Mengerink KJ, Van Dover CL, Ardron J, Baker M, Escobar-Briones E, Gjerde K et al. A Call for Deep-Ocean Stewardship. Science. 2014 May 16;344(6185):696-698. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1251458