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Question One:

 

Are the charismatic marine species (marine mammals, giant squids, turtles, tunas etc) more important than small and minute (macro and meiofauna) and bacteria (decomposers)?

 

Answer One: 

 

NO. (2005 onwards fisheries are regulated by “Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management- EBFM” as recommended both by the PEW Ocean Commission and US Ocean Commission).

 
 
 

Question Two:

 

Why deep-sea coral ecosystems are important priorities for conservation, protection and prudent management?

 

Answer Two:

 

These undersea habitats are home for commercially important fish species; vulnerable to trawling impact (physical damage), global warming (physiological effects) and change in chemistry of skeleton-building habitat-forming coral species (growth inhibition-mortality or extinction?).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Question Three:

 

Who are the key-players in achieving  GIBS mission?