Marine Biodiversity and Deep Sea Fisheries

In November 2008 the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity took place in Valencia, Spain. The conference brought together nearly 600 scientists from 42 countries, who agreed to the Valencia Declaration on Marine Biodiversity.

In their declaration, the scientists stated that “deep-sea ecosystems differ significantly from coastal ones such that the dynamics of most deep-sea fish stocks are so fragile and slow to recover that they should be approached with an exceptionally high degree of precaution” and urge that “deep-sea fisheries be authorized only where evidence has been gathered to conclusively demonstrate that a stock can be sustainably exploited.”