Friday, August 1, 2014

01/08/2014: Deep-sea cameras reveal commercial fisheries having little impact on seafloor

The Australia Antarctic Division has developed a new system of deep sea cameras to explore the impact of commercial fishing on biodiversity.
Pristine seafloor after 16 years of commercial fishing

They spent eight years studying the seafloor in the Heard Island and McDonald Island Marine Reserve in the Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean, south-west of Australia.
Scientists found it in an almost completely pristine condition.
The cameras show 98 percent of sensitive seafloor biodiversity remains pristine after 16 years of commercial fishing.

Read more HERE.

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