European Marine Board Launches its Deep Sea Position Paper.
“Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research”



The European Marine Board launched its 22nd position paper, “Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research” on 1st September 2015. The paper was presented at an official side event of the 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium in Aveiro, Portugal.


The paper is the output of the EMB Working Group “Deep Seas" and ‪#‎BlueSociety‬ advocates, MEP Prof. Ricardo Serrão Santos, as well as Dr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Consultant to the President of Portugal on the Environment, Science and the Sea, were present to mark the occasion. 


The paper explores the mismatch between the rising demand and capability to exploit deep-sea resources and the lack of scientific knowledge and regulatory frameworks to effectively manage this vast area, much of which falls in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), and calls for major progress in deep-sea research to underpin future management and exploitation of living and non-living deep-sea resources. 


The paper assesses existing and emerging opportunities in the deep sea and identifies future deep-sea research priorities needed to address societal, environmental and governance challenges. It concludes with eight high-level goals and associated action areas for deep-sea research ranging from assessing drivers, pressures and impacts in the deep sea to promoting transparency and appropriate governance of deep-sea resources.


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