The researchers discovered that in the various gene copies of the deep-sea
silver spinyfin, 24 of these positions exhibited mutations.
The genes cover exactly the wavelength range of light "produced" by light-emitting organs of deep-sea
The project is ordered under the theme of Innovative Technology for Exploration of Deep-Sea
Resources initiative of the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) led by the Japanese government.
Accordingly, the federal government was authorised to regulate deep-sea
fishing - ie, beyond 12 nautical miles from the baseline to the exclusive economic zone stretching over 200 nautical miles across the coastline.
Everything we know about the monstrous look of the creatures - their massive heads, fang-like teeth, beady little eyes, and long, bioluminescent whisker-like filaments - has either come from dead specimens caught in the nets or a handful of deep-sea
organisms including mussels thrive in extreme environments of hydrothermal vents and cold seeps which are characterised by high hydrostatic pressure, lack of photosynthesis-derived food, variable temperatures and high concentrations of toxic substances.
These areas are the spawning and nursing grounds of deep-sea
species and their protection will be invaluable in achieving the recovery of deep-sea
stocks," said rapporteur Arsenis.
This new push for deep-sea
mining reflects India's concerns about China's dominance of the rare earth mineral market.
In mid-September, the United Nations conducted a review of high-seas fishing practices * that could ultimately help save deep-sea
DSCC has gotten upwards of 1,400 marine scientists from 69 different countries to sign onto a statement expressing profound concern "that human activities, particularly bottom trawling, are causing unprecedented damage to the deep-sea
coral and sponge communities on continental plateaus and slopes, and on seamounts and mid-ocean ridges." The statement calls on governments and the United Nations to adopt a short-term global moratorium on deep sea bottom trawling to try to provide immediate protection to the mostly undiscovered biodiversity of deep sea ecosystems while governments hash out longer term conservation and management regimes.
For many Australians the memory of the 10-week Montara oil spill off the Western Australian coast last year is still fresh and this recent crisis lends further weight to the fact that deep-sea
oil drilling causes harm to the world's fragile marine environments.
Summary: Washington, June 22, 2010, SPA -- A deep-sea
expedition by the United States and Indonesia sets off this week to explore one of the world&'s last frontiers, an adventure that researchers hope could lead to cures for diseases and help in predicting deadly tsunamis.