DOSI Deep-Sea Round-Up
It’s the first round-up in a few weeks, so there’s inevitably a lot to share! Our feature image is another stunning anglerfish from Danté Fenolio – we would like to thank him for allowing us share his striking photography in our weekly newsletters. Take a look at his gallery at DEEPEND – what a great way to showcase the deep!
2021 has seen the continuation of new papers published on deep-sea mining, but also pollution, and particularly plastic debris. One paper, in particular, which we shared in January has gained considerable press coverage in recent weeks which we have shared in this Deep-Sea Round-Up; this was Song et al.’s Large Plastic Debris Dumps: New Biodiversity Hot Spots Emerging on the Deep-Sea Floor, the confluence of pollution and biodiversity hotspots a story seemingly too intriguing to miss. A highlight this week for us was a new report commissioned by the UK Treasury, “The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review” which really brings to mainstream attention for the first time the value of social capital in ecological economics, something DOSI champions strongly. Furthermore, it delivers some stern words of advice regarding the management of areas beyond national jurisdiction. Other important papers addressing governance in ABNJ include a paper on the EU’s fishing strategy outside its EEZs by Johnson et al. (2021) and a case study of mesopelagic fisheries by Gjerde, Wright & Durussel (2021). In the Wanted section we report on two new special issues coming out and a request for help on identifying a dredge! Plus a new DOSI working group lead, deep-sea webinars (including a hotly anticipated session on Challenger 150!) and lots of exciting opportunities. Enjoy!
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