Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean
Oregon State University
Our analysis is an effort to begin to summarize what the deep sea provides to humans because we take it for granted or simply do not know that the deep sea does anything to shape our daily lives, he added. In some local cases, individual fisheries are managed aggressively, but due to how slow the majority of the fish grow in the deep, some fish populations are still in decline – even with the best management practices. Mining is a major threat to the deep sea, the researchers point out in their analysis. These mining resources are not limited to muddy habitats, Thurber pointed out. In addition to new energy sources, the potential for novel pharmaceuticals is also vast.