A global issue
Deep-ocean biodiversity supports critical ecosystem functions and services including nutrient regeneration, carbon sequestration and a living library of genetic resources that may hold benefits to humans and the key to future adaptation. Yet, while out of sight, the deep-ocean is not beyond the reach of human activities, the effects of which are accelerating and often nebulous (see left).
Gaps abound in deep-ocean governance; most legal frameworks, both national and international, lack essential mechanisms to manage and protect ocean resources. Furthermore, many countries with deep-water resources lack the expertise to support sustainable management and protection, while in international waters there is no consistent application of environmental assessment approaches. There is a real risk that the deep ocean will become further industrialized without sufficient environmental planning.
The Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) is a global union of experts from across disciplines and sectors who pool research, skills and expertise to inform and advise on sustainable deep-ocean governance and management of resources, working to safeguard the marine environment for current and future generations.