Research into ecological and physiological patterns in the deep sea suffers the restriction of limited access to the environment. Deep sea research remains a field where questions still greatly exceed answers and the interesting observation that data collected in the difficult winter season have invariably thrown up unexpected results, is worth keeping in mind. However, as technology advances, the deep sea becomes steadily more accessible to both scientists and fishers. There is a real need for continuous and consistent sampling of this ecosystem to understand the mechanisms driving community patterns, and ultimately, perhaps belatedly, the scale and extent of our own impact.
Dr Kirsty Kemp is a Research Fellow at the Zoological Society of London. Her work is mostly undertaken in the context of developing realistic and sustainable management practices in the marine environment.
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