Are the charismatic marine species (marine mammals, giant squids, turtles, tunas etc) more important than small and minute (macro and meiofauna) and bacteria (decomposers)?
NO. (2005 onwards fisheries are regulated by “Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management- EBFM” as recommended both by the PEW Ocean Commission and US Ocean Commission).
Why deep-sea coral ecosystems are important priorities for conservation, protection and prudent management?
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?).
Who are the key-players in achieving GIBS mission?